What Japanese women are saying about discrimination in Japan
Tokyo Medical University TMU was caught manipulating entrance exam scores in order to keep the total percentage of female students below 30 Leading to national outrage

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After the recent news about Tokyo Medical University, Japanese women took to twitter to share their own stories of gender discrimination. If you want to respond to any of the tweets, you can use this phrase: (Your country's name)から応援しています! #私たちは女性差別に怒っていい Which means "I'm supporting you from (country name)!" Sources: [1] (Japanese) https://www.mhlw.go.jp/bunya/koyoukintou/josei-jitsujo/dl/16c.pdf [2] http://www.stat.go.jp/data/shakai/2016/pdf/gaiyou2.pdf [3] https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/02/06/national/japans-day-care-shortage-bites-government-approves-bill-permit-enrollment-beyond-hometowns/ [4] https://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXMZO31148120Q8A530C1EE8000/ [5] (Japanese) https://www.mhlw.go.jp/file/06-Seisakujouhou-11900000-Koyoukintoujidoukateikyoku/dansei-ikukyuu.pdf [6] https://newsroom.nissan-global.com/releases/release-5df8b0467ce6c15a3788a5b05400df03-170413-01-e?year=2017 [7] http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GGGR_2017.pdf ★ Patreon! http://patreon.com/rachelandjun ★T-shirts & Merch! http://rachelandjun.spreadshirt.com/ ►FOLLOW US ε=┌( ・д・)┘ Our vlog channel ⇀ https://www.youtube.com/RachelandJunextra Jun's Kitchen ⇀ https://www.youtube.com/JunsKitchen Twitch ⇀ https://www.twitch.tv/rachelandjun Gaming ⇀ https://www.youtube.com/RachelandJunGame Twitter | Instagram *@RachelandJun* ►EQUIPMENT (Amazon affiliates links) _〆(・∀ ・ ) Camera ⇀ GH5 (http://amzn.to/2GJWsN2) Vlog camera ⇀ RX100 V (http://amzn.to/2DYBZSI) Editing program ⇀ Vegas Pro 15 (http://bit.ly/RnJVEGAS) Life has no limits! Get out there and do something new today! *・゜゚・*:.。..。.:*・'ヽ(*^▽^*)ノ'・*:.。. .。.:*・゜゚・*

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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.

小林恭司 : As a Japanese man, know that I 100% support the women speaking out. Many of my male Japanese friends also give support. I can't claim to understand women's hardship, and it would be disrespectful for me to say I do, but I have seen its effects on me as a man and on society as a whole. In my experience, I was pressured to climb to the top when I did not want to, I was pressured to be better than my wife when I didn't care about such status, and I was pressured to overwork because the workforce does not believe in women's capacity to work. All of this because women were not allowed to do the same and because men were expected to be better than women. These are some of the reasons why many Japanese youth are very depressed. The discrimination against women places unnecessary burden on everyone, on both men and women. I am not speaking out because I hate my country, but because I love it. I want it to become even more of a country I can truly be proud of. We have rich culture and history admired by many, and admitting our societal problem will not be a mark of shame, but a mark of admiration--evidence that we are strong and capable of facing challenges head on. I understand there is shame and fear in admitting a problem, but problems are normal occurrences throughout everyone's lives and we must accept that. If we truly care about something, then we must do our best to overcome our shame, to do our best to better ourselves. In the end, regardless of gender, we are all Japanese and we must support each other. Otherwise, both men and women will suffer, and nobody will win.

Shizuku-chan Radio : i'm 17 y-o Japanese girl,and i've been wanted to be a doctor since i was a child. When i heard the news,i began to feel anger. i don't give up my dream and want to show girls and ladies that woman can realize own dream. Thanks for goooooood video,Rachel and Jun.

Fredrik Nygren : ITS NOT ABOUT FEMINISM ITS ABOUT COMMON SENSE - Jun Most resonable statement ever.

sinister blade : Getting pregnant then fired? You ask me how do you have low fertility rate, Japan?

Lorenzo Carrillo-Leyva : I'm a man and I'm the main caretaker at my house. I do the cleaning, gardening, and sometimes cooking. It frustrates me when others call it "women's work." In my opinion if you can't take care of your own home then you don't have any right to call yourself a responsible adult.

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.

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...

Cherrelle : I had a Japanese male friend That i knew for a couple of years. I went to visit for a holiday leaving myself in his care. I was sexually assaulted the first night I arrived. I had never given mixed signals, I naturally dress conservative so no western misinterpretation with low cut tops or anything. I was completely blind sighted. I couldn’t go to the police because they feel if your a*single* woman and you stay in a *mans* house. You should expect nothing less. When I asked this friend why he did this to me, was told “I like you so what’s the problem?!” During the day I was shown around, sight seeing, watered and fed. But at night I was expected to pay for that kindness. In his mind he did nothing wrong. Women oppression runs deeper than just the work place. It was the most terrifying experience of my life. I won’t travel there alone again.

Jiminipple : so that's why japanese birth rate is so low. continue insulting women for getting married and giving birth and your nation will extinguish.

Sven : 10:15 "When faced with problems, people make excuses like "it's worse in other countries". All I can say is, so what? Don't try to trivialize the problems we're facing with worthless comparisons like that." some commenters really failed to get to this part.

Y Y : I am a Japanese woman and a nurse. In Japan, women's social advancement became common. However, women can not balance work, childbirth, and child rearing. Because there is not enough law. We need to appeal to the government. Japan is falling into a declining birthrate and aging society. Each person must have a problem consciousness and face this problem. Rachel and Jun, thank you for making this video.

Emma Furini : I go to a catholic school. This will be of importance later. After I got stalked by on boy in my grade I came out as Asexual to try to deter his acts. People started telling me I would amount to nothing if I never married or had children and that God only liked unmarried women if they were nuns. They really started yelling at me when my grades dropped after losing my aunt. Saying I should go to college to get an Mrs. degree. Sexism really showed when a dude also came out as Asexual, they said he could do anything since he wouldn't be tied down. Japan, America, and many other countries are passing off sexism as normal. It's not ok.

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.

Mine K : I'm a 21 years old Japanese female. I'm sorry if my English is wrong or strange. Those stories are really disgusting, and I sympathize them. But I feel uneasy about that lots of Japanese men around me say ''Nowadays women have asserted their rights too much so now we ARE discriminated.'' This is what most Japanese young men think, and some Japanese comments here are saying similar things. I'm sure that in some cases, men also are discriminated in Japan, but I don't get it some people say that ''they are just lying'' to lots of women appeal for their experiences like this video. I mean problems of men and women are not divided, of course we're not fighting like men v.s. women. For example, ''women-only cars in train'' is popular topic about discrimination against men in Japan. I don't mean to take side with women-only cars but in the first, this was made to decrease sexual assault on women. I understand this is really serious problem so much because actually I also have been suffered from sexual assault in the train for several times (moreover, it was first time when I was elementary school student). Those problems are related and both of them are supposed to be solved. I hope to Japan changes easier to live for men, women and others.

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.

SamThea Samosir : I am crying for my sisters in Japan. This sounds really dramatic, but I am really crying right now, watching this video. Much love and strength to you amazing women!

Fredrik Nygren : Women only stay at home = not happy because lack of challenge. Men only work= Die from overworking. Women only work= not happy either because fear of having to avoid any signs of partners or chance of children. Men stay at home= not satisfied with feeling like not contributing. This is not good for anyone. You need a balance in the family. The fact that companies restrict women from working makes no sense. Do they really lose enough money for it to become THAT much of an issue hiring females.

Sarra kh_ : I support you from France 🙋 I'm Arab (origin) and a girl so I know what it's like to be lowered by men, I cried a lot but I didn't give up and I'll never do.

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.*

Zeldasim (ENFP) : This is not even about women's rights, but about human rights. I am pretty sure many boys also suffer from their parent's expectations. Some of them would probably rather be at home and take care of the household but can't because of peer pressure...

Aquaria Austin : When I was in 8th grade in 1976, I had a question about something in pre-algebra, something so small and insignificant that I can't even remember it now. I asked my (woman) teacher about it, and she literally told me, "You don't need to worry about that. You're so pretty and charming that I'm sure you'll be married right after high school, so all you need to know about math is how to add, subtract and multiply and divide so you can cook, sew and shop." Even then, I was absolutely floored that a teacher would say something like that to me. I'd always been a good math student, I could pick up all of it easily, and even played with numbers *for fun*. But obviously, there was something "wrong" with me for being good at math and liking it. So I know exactly how these women feel, and how wrong it is to shut us down from doing what we'd be encouraged to do if we were men. They have my full support. PS: I'm getting my revenge for all the people who told me "girls aren't good at math" and tried to steer me away from it. I've returned to college in my middle aged years, and I'm majoring in math--with all As in the subject. It's sort of sad, though. There aren't many math majors at all, never mind women in the advanced classes. The sexism is still out there in K-12.

Linda Naranjo-Hayakawa : Thank you!!! Thank you!! After I meet my husband 7 years ago( Japanese) that's how I realised that Japan discrimination against woman is so bad, and I decided with him that not in a millions years I would live in Japan and raised our kids. As a woman and foreigner - I absolutely refuse to have this type of treatment. If you think this is bad - have a look at Doc of a Young journalist in Japan that was raped by a TOP director of a news paper. When she was raped, she decided to go to the police and expose the guy. Well after watching this video what do you think happen to her? Sadly I can't remember the name of the young lady but it's safe to say that she left Japan 1 year ago or more, and lives in London now. Because simply there is no democracy in Japan sadly.... hearbreaking.

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

DJFelixChester : I'm a stay at home dad in America raising our 3 month old daughter. My wife is the human resource manager and just received her third performance based raise, which only brought her to the starting wage of the other managers in the same company. She knows because she does the payroll.

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.

MarklenIngyer : Parenting is just as much a man's job as it is a woman's, it's not an excuse to marginalize women. I admire mothers parenting without help from the fathers, for trying every day to put in double the work they should. Societies need to recognize that men get married, and have just as much responsibility to raise their children as women do. It's not up to men in business to decide that women's job is always to do twice the parenting they should have to, and that men should be working drones with no time to raise their kids. Deciding who spends what amount of effort parenting should be a discussion between parents, it shouldn't just be assumed to be women's work. Honestly, it's none of a university's or company's business what people do with their lives outside work, and it's a thinly veiled excuse to exert power over people, especially women.

BadHairLife : I hate when people say we don’t need feminist anymore

Nath Nath : change my mind, Japan is not completely that lovely calm country, horrifying. others county is not that better though but still, I never knew it's that hard to get a job just because you're a woman.

Janis Fuh : A couple years ago I watched a documentary on Japan's declining population. They largely reasoned it by explaining how the current generation of women in Japan prefer continuing working over having children. Just that statement already indicates something off in Japan's society. Why can't a woman bear a child and afterwards, continue working? Why does bearing a child equate to not working anymore? From this video, now I understand why--if they got pregnant, not only would they potentially be fired, their careers could end right then and there. Society places expectations on women in Japan to bear children, but also use that as a reason to fire them or not hire them. And from there, even after the baby is born, depending on the families' financial circumstance, the mother--but not so much the father--would still have societal expectations to take care of the child around the clock.

Charles De Gaulle / bertrand theo : We are with you, from Paris, France ! #私たちは女性差別に怒っていい

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.

にく : Thank you Rachel and Jun . and I want to say thank you to everyone in this comment . I'm Japanese woman. I am pleased that influential people, like you, talk about discrimination against women. I saw this video and cried. thank you.

KASA : This is messed up. I'm half Japanese... And I'm appalled by these negative comments from Japanese men... Japanese women deserve so much better. HOW IS THIS STILL A THING!? Thanks for this insightful and emotional video. I've got two older sisters living in Japan... I hope & pray they don't get treated like this.

Matthew Zulumovski : Australiaから応援しています!

Walter Smith : When I taught English in Fukuoka, I used cards to practice job titles. I made them with stock images from the internet. The images for doctor and nurse are a women and man respectively. I loved correcting my students when they assumed the man was the doctor and visa versa. It led to a mini lesson on how men can be nurses and women can be doctors. We had good conversations about how we can choose what we want to do regardless of gender.

syaiful anam : What iritates me the most is the fact that it happend not only in japan but also in other countries although its not nearly as bad as in japan..... but still we could've been have a lot of improvement (tech or science) if its not because of that.......

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

Home Play : It's the same in US for minority women, just subtly, especially in science and technology. Racial and gender discrimination altogether.

wasabisazzdafirst : ew. im actually disgusted?

maria ruiz : I had NO idea that this was happening over in Japan. I know what I'll be tweeting about once a day from now on. Thank you very much for bringing this topic forth Rachel, much love!

Melanie Esteves : Japan men are still stuck in the past! Proper cave men :( shame

Maria h : "Your not complete until you get married and have kids." But then fires them for being pregnant or holds them hostage until they quit.

Ngan Hoang : I feel really lucky that I wasnt born in Japan or Korea. My country gorvenment might be corrupted, but at least educated men dont insult woman openly like this.

Olav M. : The women of Japan needs to rise up and stand up for their rights. Japan needs to learn that equality is a strength not a weakness. I think its great if men and women start figthing for their rights.

Gayle : Oh dear, I am so angry.

Jasmine Hoppe : Wow, this is so disappointing.

Bento23 Leal : Grandpa, give her the damn watch.

Kasey Remer : GO JUN! Admitting you don’t Understand fully is amazing.