What Japanese women are saying about discrimination in Japan

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Izzy : There was never any real women’s rights movements in Japan before that made cultural difference. I guess it’s starting now! GO LADIES GO! *I really want to support this.*

IglooDweller : Can we stop assuming all women are straight? Not all of us wanna get married and have babies or will have a man to support us. Thanks for translating.

sweetboo1022 : Rachel, I think that this video is awesome and I'm glad that you took the time to shine light on this. I think a lot of people in parts of the westernized world feel that Japan and South Korea are just as progressive as we are when it comes to male/ female relations and power structures when in reality there is a stark difference. So I'm glad that women are standing up for themselves and I hope that at some point soon it spreads more to the Middle East and maybe someday we could have a truly equal world but I doubt I'll live long enough to see it.

AndyCandyCane : Just finished watching this video in tears... Rachel, I've been planning to live in Japan for a while now, but after this video... I'm having second thoughts as a Latino woman (darker skin color too) if Japan will really be a safe place to settle in, and most importantly a place that can respect my rights as a woman and human being. I feel very sad and scared for those women who had to live those terrible moments, I've experimented them myself in my country too so I can somewhat relate to them... But Is it really okay for someone like me to keep planning to move to Japan even when stuff like this keeps happening? Is there a better way to deal with this stuff?

Anan : I’m a Japanese man. Tbh I didn’t want people in other countries to know about the news because it’s too shameful and I wanted to be proud being Japanese . However, now I think it should be known by everyone and Japan needs to be blamed. Japanese people need to learn from this shameful news.

Chiibe : Their stories break my heart, I really hope this recent scandal helps push towards more equal treatment...

SeychellesLover : and they wonder why birth rate is down?????? I'm exicted to go to japan this year but Im glad i can go with a realistic expectation as a woman.

non : I see a lot of negative comment written in japanese saying "this is bullshit", "penalty for girls in entrance exam is not sexism, we need it", "don't bring feminism here" etc... Nobody feels sorry about these people on the video. I am a Japanese woman, and this is exactly what people say on japanese social media. It's so depressing. So, it's good to see foreigners comments being upset by this. Thank you, I feel a little bit better.

dagnychildermas : Its insane how the first stories are about how single people who haven't had kids are incomplete and defective, and yet the next few stories are of women getting pregnant and fired. You just can't win either way!

Metonymy1979 : I've been to Japan many times. It's very Very obvious how sexist it is there. I'm surprised how surprised Japanese women are about this issue. Japanese women need to get angry...real angry. Things will change.

Casper S? : I thought Japan would’ve been better than this. Depressing

Antonio Paulette : Been saying this for years now...Japan is on that bullshit. They even did an entire ad campaign against women putting on makeup on trains while heading to the office. It's bad enough these women have to work all damn day for shit bosses, spend time they really don't want to hanging out with people outside of the company, probably getting molested while being forced to pour them drinks...but on top of all that, rather than let them be with the few hours of rest and relief they get from day to day, Japanese guys ACTUALLY spent money to further degrade women for multitasking with the little bit of time they have before going back to their miserable existence at work. THIS is why they have to put gates on the roofs of their office buildings to try and lower the suicide count. The Japanese work force treats people like shit...and it's tripled down if you're a woman.

It is Me : This is what women are referring to when women say men are trash.

Hex Isme : It's their loss, too. Those employers are shooting themselves in the foot by ignoring talent and skill in favor of what's between someone's legs. Ironic, that their reasoning is along the lines of 'women are less productive because of X Y Z' but its longer term and more severely unproductive to hire those who don't have as much to offer.

美現 : Let’s not forget that sexual harassment in the workplace is not illegal, just “discouraged” Or how about “death by rape” being a charge equivalent to less than manslaughter. I’m so glad you have a supportive partner in Jun (go Jun!)...I’m a white woman who grew up/spent most of my life in Japan and to be honest I could not connect with your channel much before this. You are both super charming, but the truth is most women who are unmarried experience a great deal of harassment in the workplace. I always thought your experience, and therefor your presentation to the outside world, was a little sheltered and 甘い I work in the entertainment industry here in Japan, the amount of human trafficking I have seen from se Asia and Eastern Europe is appalling. And the abuses the young Japanese ladies, not just talent, actually esp. PA’s, endure has been something I’ve been fighting (and retaliated against for) years now I volunteer as a translator for foreign women in domestic violence cases...have so many stories...I know DV is a world wide problem but did you know the statistics are greatly elevated compared to almost all other 1st world nations??? And in a country where reporting is treated with even shame and as taboo...so 1 in 3 but so many more unreported Japan is 117 in the gender disparity reports of the UN. Below many more infamously misogynistic cultures. I really appreciate you making this video from the bottom of my heart. You have won me over completely. I love japan, I want the status quo for women to change, it’s just too much of a blight on the country I call my home.

idraote : This is so unspeakably sad. Frankly I thought Japan was far more advanced than this. It's a country I'd love to visit and getting to know but this sexism is such a stain on its culture!

Xuanfei : I live in Korea, and it is very much like this here too. It's painful! Not only sexism in work fields, but we have so many cameras in the public bathrooms where these sick people film women peeing/pooping and posting it on the internet to make money off of by about 100 won (10cents) in Korea. These people who sell the "pornography" that they filmed, whether or not it being in the bathroom, a cheap hotel, whatever, raised about 2 million won. That's like 2 million dollars worth of money. This is why feminism is needed! And Koreans have been working on it for the past 2 or so years. I hope one day the world actually becomes equal for everyone, without anybody getting hurt.

Arris VonBorne : Simple: these types of men are terrified of the potential and intellect women posses. The fact women really don't need to marry and procreate, cause these kinds of males to panic. Using the female body itself as an excuse and means of control. Here some news for you: vaginas are not a weakness. Try pushing a 7 pound living human through it. Or bleeding with horrible cramps for a week. Try having boobs and back pain. Women are strong. Both inside and out. We can be allies and friends. Not just wives and mother's only.

Jonatan A. Allin : As much as I adore Japan, this problem has become very obvious for me as an outside observer over the years, but the extent of it keeps astonishing me. This is a bit of an odd example, but the other day, I learned that there are basically no female sushi chefs in Japan, and I suddenly I realized that I had indeed never seen one, even though I am an avid watcher of cooking shows. For some reason, it just really hit me as a concrete example where I had overlooked the problem, even though I am conscious about it. My point is that this problem pervades everything, and we must be aware of this. I very much appreciate that you are using your reach and popularity on YouTube to do this.

Akira Alexis Soyra : I am also Japanese and part Korean. It broke my heart to hear these when it first came out. I hope women have a better future. After all, none of you would exist if it wasn't for your mother's pain...

Leon : "It's lunch time and because I'm a man I'm going to cook you lunch now." Right in the feels. Jun you're such a good husband and a classy man.

Pegah Armana : I'm a girl from Iran , well I think you already know the situation here ... it's terrible ... so from a country that you can easily say "we are still better than people in Iran" , I ask you to do not do such a thing ; I mean yeah I agree with that but why does it matter ? Just go on and be against sexism , that way maybe we can do so too maybe it hit us , you will help not only yourselves but all the people around the world . Be well 💕 ^-^

Stinky Sweaty Armpit : Their culture itself is overly polite, reserved and submissive. It's not a surprise Japan is like this. It's something to be expected.

Анастасия Осипова : In Russian school girls ALWAYS take home ec and boys take technology. I think it's wrong

Sessho Lord : It's a very tiny instance while I had went to school in Kyoto; the first day of my Stop Motion class we were put into teams and needed to build stages for our filming stations. While everyone else's team were working on their stages and cutting the wood to start crafting it, ours hadn't even started yet because the guys on our team were outside of the classroom. When I'd realized that they weren't coming back for some reason I'd decided to start cutting the wood myself and teach the other girls on my team how to do it too. They were excited and had told me how they'd Never done such a thing before and I was very surprised but now that I'm hearing about these tweets it makes sense...

R Picifica : Sending love to Japan from the US. Keep on fighting girls! ❤

清水風只 : I love Japan very much and I've been there many times. But one thing in Japan that's really bugging me is Japanese women (even grannies) ALWAYS wear make up when they go out to street, maybe even going to the convenient store just next to their house or dumping the trash. If they don't put on make up, they'll probably wear a mask. Every time a masked women walk pass me I just feel sad about it, because I think women should have the choice to be pretty when they want to, instead of they have to be pretty as required by the society.

抹茶梅 : 一人の日本人女性として、またあなたの動画を楽しんで見てきた視聴者として、 この動画を見終わった感想はただ悲しく残念でした。 医大の入試問題に関しては、激務を長く持続的に行える男性医師を数多く育成したい医療界の問題があります。社会的なニーズの問題と言ってもいいでしょう。 労働人口が減る将来において女性はさらに希望の職種で働きづらくなるかもしれません。 このニュースが報じられた当初は私も憤りました。しかしでは何故そんな事が行われたのかを調べてみれば女性差別とは違う問題が見えてきます。 この話題を皮切りに、あなたはこの問題に関係の無いTwitter上の主観的で検証不能な差別体験コメントを数多く引用し統計データなどを持ち出して、日本社会において女性差別が広く蔓延していると伝えています。あなたの怒りはよくわかります。 ただ思うのは、女性差別を糾弾する方に多く見られるこの『怒り』の感情が強すぎて、男性はもちろん同じ女性からの賛同や共感さえも遠ざける事の残念さです。 実際、医大の入試を受けて落ちた女性は誰も抗議の声をあげませんでした。大学の前で抗議したのはわずか数人の関係の無い怒れる女性です。(無論、声をあげない女性が問題を感じていないわけではありませんし、声をあげる事に意味が全く無いとも思っていません) あなたの動画は海外の日本を知りたいと思う人や日本を知ってると思っている人たちが多く見ているでしょう。彼らに日本で起こるこれらの女性問題の原因は、おそらく男女の役割や家や家族という古い日本の価値観の影響からくる社会構造であるというような解説があれば良かったと思います。その古い価値観で成り立っていた社会がかつてあり、今はそうではなくなったので問題が表面化しているというような事です。日本の社会は多くの日本人の価値観がゆっくりと変わる事でしか変化しません。だから今は長い過渡期であると言えます。問題の改善にはまだ何世代もかかると思います。 欧米に比べれば問題点をたくさん指摘する事は容易でしょうが、問題にはそれぞれ国によって独自の経緯や状況があるのでそれを踏まえないままこのような発信をされるのはやはり残念です。 日本国内で対日本人にならば問題の本質に何があるかの認識が無意識に共有されるでしょうが、海外の人には難しいでしょう。 日本は良い事も悪い事も誤解されやすい国です。日本を愛してくれているならこのような悪い問題こそ深い配慮が欲しかったと思います。悪い問題をただ悪いと発信するだけなのは日本人としては悲しいです。

Natty E : I'm not Japanese but I live in Japan and go to Japanese high school. when I heard the news I was shocked. I knew that they were sexist in many companies and jobs, but I honestly didn't think it was Still this bad. this just makes me depressed and angry. But it makes me even more sad when I think about the people who had to deal with this sexism and how they could of had a better job and life if society wasn't so incredibly unfair just because the gender difference. But i think there's is still some hope, at least my generation isn't so bad. as for those old people who still have really backward ways of thinking(they also think that their better then everyone else because their older), Yeah almost everyone from my generation hates them, so I guess that's that. on a slightly different topic most Japanese dads work all day and when they don't have work they sit in front of the TV, go drinking or are off gambling. it's really sad because so far I have hardly come across a friend or a classmate that had a good relationship with their dad. to them their dad is just "that guy who sometimes gives me alowence. " nether of them try to make a connection,(most kids hate their dads) and after the kids graduate, a lot of those kids do anything to get away from home. then later on when those dads retire, they have no hobbys and have nothing to do, because work was their life. so they just tag along whatever their wife goes. it's actually a problem, the wife's don't know what to do with these husbands that don't have a life. they try to find ways they can get rid of them, try getting them into hobbies ect. unfortunately that's reality of the current state of Japan. (at least as far as I know)

Hua chang : Finally it took them this long to finally take a stand. Gosh I was already getting so frustrated when I started to noticed how women would quite their jobs to care for their family. It's annoying how some men, who are also responsible of creating a family think it's just only the women job. Not just in Japan but all over the world too.

Jess Bunty : I love Japan. But I hate that this exists. I lived there for two years, and I was disgusted by some of the things I saw in my schools. I regret not saying more, not doing more, about sexism and misogyny while I lived there. It's difficult as an outsider... the change has to come from within. I'm so pleased you made this video! Keep talking!

Kaleb H : "What they found was that they gave MORE (artificial)points to male students so they would out preform female ones, keeping their attendance bellow 30%." This is literally what we mean when we say "Male Privilege", the scales may vary in terms of extremes, but the sentiment is the same. Now if you replace giving male points with white points, than you have the concept of white privilege, and what stories like this show is that IT'S. REAL. It happens. All the time. Systemically. Especially in my country the US.

Zoro’s Fangirl : I’m in tears right now :( I dreamed about living and working in Japan one day as a doctor after finishing my university in US but now I’m rethinking the whole decision. I have been dreaming of the day I set foot on Japan, too bad it’s getting crushed.

mel as : I am a Japanese woman and one of the reasons that I left Japan was sexism. But it's sad that I found out there were people who think Asian women are submissive. It' the same in anywhere...

Karala Alexander : To be honest it’s the same as Saudi Arabia. I am a saudi woman and it’s the same thing at least we don’t have it in medical fields

Aleen R : Oh wow.. I had no idea sexism was this bad in Japan!! I’m from Canada and I work in a male dominant workplace, I get sexist comments occasionally, but we’re treated pretty equally most of the time in my opinion. I feel bad for Japanese women.

Nishtha Sagar : And I felt India was bad..... Like it's the same everywhere

Ha ni : この動画に的外れなコメントしている日本男児がとても恥ずかしい 本当に 結局はミソジニーに染まった日本の構造は、外から言われないと変われないのだと思います。 このような動画を出していただいて本当に感謝しています。 ですが、まだまだ先は長い......。

TheNatatanga : Thank you for making this video and bringing awareness to this subject. My aunts in Japan believe that one of the reasons why the birth rate is so low is because women are scared to marry and have children for this exact reason. My aunts didn't want to marry because of the societal pressures that once married, they were expected to pump out babies and stop their careers/passions. They learnt from my great aunt, who was forced to quit work and raise children once she married. Only after her children grew up and she divorced her husband, was she able to start her own business. (She started her own business, because most companies turned her down due to her being a woman with kids and no husband). I find this incredibly sad and frankly, plain disappointing especially for a country that is considered "developed". As much as I love Japan, I never want to live there for this reason. Many of my female Japanese cousins and friends are also planning to leave Japan for good to build their careers, family and life overseas. If nothing changes in Japan, I'm afraid their birth rates will only decrease.

ariel : I think that the position of women right now in Japan is basically what it was in America in the 1970s and 80s. Things aren't amazing, but they are a TON better than they were in the past, especially in the social sense that you can have a life outside the home and be pretty independent, have non-domestic hobbies, go out to bars with your girlfriends, go to school, maybe even secondary education (though many don't its at least an option) and even otherwise live independently of your parents before marriage. While the work aspect is heavily needs improvement status: there are women in the work force, but the majority of it is temporary while they're young, mostly in secretarial and other subordinate positions without much opportunity for promotion, but there is an existing small minority of women who against all the odds are succeeding in clawing there way to top/high paying positions. The time line is kind of understandable when you think of when women gained suffrage, 1920 in America and 1946 in Japan.

Ash Lim : What with those people Smoking in front a pregnant lady and shook their head ? Throw something at that smoker face and leave , screw that! What’s wrong with those people

とまと : 日本でも自分の身に起きたことを黙っていないで発信できるようになったのは良いことだと思います。 ただ、自分の身に起こったことがない人、差別される対象になったことのない人は、自分とは関係のない差別に対してなんて一瞬も考えてみたことのない人が多いです。 そうすると「もし自分が相手の立場で生きてきたら」なんて考えない想像力のない人が「日本には差別なんてない!」って怒り出すんですよね。 そもそも自分の身に起きてないイコール無いなんて暴論なんですけど。 そういう人は、無いと思っていた差別をあると言われると、それを発信した人は偏った考え方だって思い込むんですよね。 そして、差別を信じたく無くて自分の都合のいい情報だけを知りたくて調べると女性専用車両の記事がトップで出るようになってるんでしょうね。 そして日本人は隠蔽が大好きな人がたくさんいます。 レイチェルさんが発信する前にも、大学のことが発覚した後すぐに英語になったネットニュースは出ていました。 もともと関心も考える気もない人たちだから、知らないんでしょうけど。 「レイチェルさんが発信したことで世界に知られた」と思っているアホがコメント欄にたくさんいて笑いました。 こういう時の反論ってみんなテンプレートのように同じなので見飽きてます。みんな反対意見のツイートや記事だけを探して鵜呑みにしているんでしょうね。 痛々しい日本語のコメント、もう見慣れちゃって、予想通りすぎて、自分はなんとも思わないんですが、レイチェルさんが傷ついてしまっていないかだけが心配です。 こういう女性差別と呼ばれるものって、男が女を差別するというものでは無く、偏見に凝り固まったデリカシーと知識のない人間が男女関わらず差別をすると思っています。 妊娠出産に関しては特に、一部の女性が女性に対して「女はこうなんだから」と酷い言葉をぶつけることがあると思います。 他にも、女が男に対して、男が男に対してというパターンもたくさんあると思います。 だから自分はこういう問題は世間全体が考えていかなければならないし、全員が差別する側される側になりうる問題だと思います。 だからこそ問題を明るみに出し、「これはいけないことなんだ」という認識を広めていかなければならないと思っています。 しかし、現実には女性差別という単語を聞いただけで「男が責められる」「日本が責められる」と勘違いした人が必要以上に発言した人を黙らせようとします。 現実に起こっていることは認めるべきです。日本で問題が起ころうとも、国民は「日本」そのものではないのだから、日本と自分の存在をごっちゃにして「自分が責められる」という勘違いをまず無くして欲しいと思います。 アメリカや他の国で問題が起こったニュースを見た時のあなたは、「アメリカ人全員がそういう人なんだ」だなんて思うでしょうか。思わない人がほとんどだと思います。誰も日本人全員がそうだなんて思わないです。世界から見ておかしい問題が自分の国で起きている時の正しい行動は隠蔽ではありません。 自分が過去にそういうことをしてしまった覚えがあるのなら改める必要があるし、そういった覚えがないのなら、今後もそういったことをしないよう気をつけながら、ただ堂々としていればいいんです。 「問題を定義して真剣に向き合おうとしている人たちの邪魔をするな、足を引っ張るな」これだけ守るのが最低限だと思います。 それと「これを差別としておおごとにするのは日本の文化ではない」みたいなアホなコメントを見かけました。 程度の違いはあるでしょうが、アメリカでもどこの国でも女性差別がある国は多いし、昔がもっと酷かったのもどこでも近い状況だと思います。 近年になってどこの国も差別を問題視して、減らそうと努力し始めているところなんです。 他の国がどんどん差別に真面目に向き合って国を良くしていっている中、日本だけがどんどん伝統とか文化とかふわっとした言葉の言い訳を言って置いていかれていいのでしょうか? 日本が守るべき伝統は女性差別なんかじゃないですよね。 日本のためを本当に思っているなら、やることは隠蔽や差別の維持ではないと思うんですけどね。

See eki : 私の会社では男性も育児休暇を取れる制度ができましたが、お給料が出ません。女性が取得した場合は多少カットされますがお給料が出ます。制度に疑問を感じ「実質女性に子育てしろって事ですよね?」と聞いたら笑って誤魔化されました。制度は整っても全くの無意味。大企業と呼ばれる会社ですが実態はこんなもんです。

Karla Kat : I am very happy that my country (Philippines) has become more aware about feminism and has been very vocal about women's rights. I have been dreaming to work in Japan but I did not know that this backward patriarchal ideology still exists. My blood boils whenever there is gender discrimination. I taught English online in the past to Japanese students and have gained friends there. One time, I met one student in person. Apparently, when I revealed that I work as a lawyer, he questioned me and doubted that I passed the bar exam because I was a female. I was triggered and told him that women are as good as men, that women here are free to choose whatever career they want. He told me that he has never met a woman who was as vocal as I am and told me that men would not want to marry me. So I left him and sent a text message on how ridiculous his view on women is and that I cannot continue being friends with someone who discriminates people based on gender. I may have lost a friend but I felt great.

Nalalalala! : This breaks my heart. We as humans need to do better

Sanah Bukhari : It's a good thing you're raising more awareness towards the issue and getting these women's stories out ❤❤❤

Paula Yuan : Also, just saying, discrimination is how you ruin capitalism. A free market system is based on the idea that the best workers and the best products will appear because of demand, but I mean, if you're not going to have qualified doctors, your healthcare system is kind of screwed.

J W : It seems like Japan is trying to force typical gender roles on people. They should just let people chose what they want, it’s shown that most women will pick the jobs that are typically associated with women anyways, same goes for men, they typically go for jobs that are associated with men.

B Bee : There are lots of movements that have yet to take place. Consider the shameful treatment of Miss Japan, because her parents are of African and Japan descent . These attitudes are not thinly veiled, offering some level of functionality, they are open and violently hostile . For all the flack that Christians get currently in America, it is Christiandom alone that asserts that men and women are equal and co valued. Keep fighting, don't give up.

yumi yumi : 🍀もしあなた方が心から女性差別を改善したいとの思いから、この動画を投稿されているのでしたら、どうかこのコメントを削除しないで下さい。そしてブロックしないで下さい。どうかお願い致します。 【アメリカの産休・育休制度の改善を訴えたハサウェイ】 当記事は「ニューズウィーク日本版」(CCCメディアハウス)からの転載記事です。元記事はこちら 『先進国アメリカが、世界の中で驚くほど後進的な分野がある。産休・育休制度だ。 「どういうわけか私を含めてすべてのアメリカの親たちは(子供が生まれてから)3カ月間、無収入で休んだ後に通常の生活に戻るものだと想定されている」 アカデミー助演女優賞の受賞者で国連親善大使でもあるアン・ハサウェイは「国際女性デー」の3月8日、ニューヨークの国連本部でスピーチを行い、 アメリカの産休・育休制度の改善を訴えた。ハサウェイ自身、昨年第1子を産んだ「アメリカのワーキングマザー」だ。 男女平等と女性の地位向上などを目指す会合で、各国からの出席者を前にハサウェイは自分の言葉でこう語った。 「アメリカの母親の4人に1人は、休んでいる経済的余力がないため、出産後2週間で仕事に復帰している。この現実を聞いて、私は胸が痛くてたまらなくなった」 ハサウェイのスピーチが国連本部で行われたことは、アメリカにとっては皮肉だったかもしれない。人権や平等といった問題に特に敏感で、 国連を含め常に国際社会をリードする立場にあるアメリカが、先進国の中で唯一「有給の産休制度」を取り入れていない。』 ———————————— 【産休】 ● アメリカ 産休12週間、(給与保証は無く、解雇してはいけない期間というだけ) ● フランス 産休16週間、給与100%(2人目以上の場合34週間まで) ● ドイツ 産休14週間、給与100% ● 日本 産休14週間、給与67% 【育休】 ● アメリカ 先進国で唯一、有償の育休制度がない。 ● フランス 育休は3年間取れます。給付期間は第1子は最長6ヶ月、第2子以降は3歳になる前の月まで。 ● ドイツ 子が満3歳まで。給付期間は12ヶ月。給付月額は、従前の手取り賃金の67%(上限1,800ユーロ、下限300ユーロ) ● 日本 満1歳まで。給付月額は、育休開始日?180日目まで月給の67%。181日目から365日目まで月給の50%。(上限21万3450円) 【児童手当】 ● アメリカ 制度がありません。 ● フランス 第2子から支給。20歳まで。 ● ドイツ 第1子から支給。18歳まで。 ● 日本  第1子から支給。15歳まで。