Stalker Zero –End the Japanese “Culture of Silence” toward crimes against women!
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Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzo Abe
U.S. Ambassador to Japan
Caroline Kennedy

Stalker Zero –End the Japanese “Culture of Silence” toward crimes against women!

    1. IKUMI YOSHIMATSU 吉松育美
    2. Petition by

      IKUMI YOSHIMATSU 吉松育美

      Japan

As a victim of stalking and intimidation in Japan, I am asking Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to take action to change the culture of silence toward crimes against women in my country. To help encourage the Japanese government to address this issue, I’m also asking US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy to speak out and join these efforts.

I am the first Japanese woman to be crowned Miss International in the 52-year long history of the pageant. Since winning my crown in October 2012, I have been the victim of stalking, intimidation, threats, extortion and blackmail by a powerful Japanese talent agency executive known to have ties to organized crime. This man tried to abduct me from a TV studio, made threatening calls to my family, and hired private investigators to stalk me, peep into my windows and photograph my home.

The Japanese organizers of the Miss International 2013 world grand prix even asked me to "play sick" and "keep quiet" in order to appease my stalker after he made threatening phone calls to their sponsors. Because of this, I became the first Miss International titleholder in the 52-year history of the pageant prevented from passing my crown to my successor. I fear for my life and require 24hr security.

I went to the police with more than 30 exhibits of evidence including recordings and photographs. As is typically the case in Japan, the police did nothing more than offer to increase patrols in my area. They did nothing to assure my safety or to punish my stalker.

In an unprecedented move, I became the first Japanese women ever to publicly name her tormentor and went public with my story. In sharp contrast to strong global coverage in the foreign media, not a single Japanese newspaper or TV station has covered the story out of fear of reprisal from my stalker who is linked to organized crime. My blog has been read by millions of people and thousands have written messages of support and shared their own stories of fear, intimidation and violence.

Japan is plagued by a "culture of silence" toward crimes against women that has been the standard for centuries. Out of all the industrialized nations, Japan is one of the lowest ranking countries on Gender Equality -- a disgraceful 105 out of 136 countries.

At the same time, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been a strong and vocal supporter of women’s rights. He has called time and time again for a "society in which women shine." His strong leadership on this issue would be a game-changer. As the first female US Ambassador to Japan -- and a long-time supporter of human rights and women -- Ambassador Kennedy can help encourage my government to do more by speaking out in support of my campaign.

As a first step, I’m asking that the Japanese government establish a taskforce to investigate stalking and violence against women with the objective of laying out an immediate national strategy to address these issues and offer real protection for women.

We need strict anti-stalking laws and strong punishment for perpetrators of crimes against women. We need a police force that will protect women and immediately act to prevent stalking and intimidation. We need restraining orders granted by the courts for any woman who has been threatened, BEFORE she is actually harmed, murdered, or forced to commit suicide. We need media that report on these issues without fear. Without protecting the women of Japan, our country will never enjoy the economic and moral benefits of a truly equal society.

Ikumi Yoshimatsu
Miss International 2012

To:
Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan
Caroline Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador to Japan
End the Japanese “Culture of Silence” toward crimes against women!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    Reasons for signing

    • Judy Toner Cohn CHESTERFIELD, MO
      • 2 months ago

      As a victim of rape not once but three times, I understand the plight of women in this world and bristle at the thought of women being abused, physically as well as mentally and emotionally. At the age of 70, I am going to speak out for against the abuse of women, for their safety and security. It is time for women to be viewed as humans, not chattel or vessels for the pathological behavior of men.

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    • Brendan Bruce RED DEER, CANADA
      • 6 months ago

      Sexism is wrong! Women deserve rights!

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    • cauvelet gerard PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUS
      • 6 months ago

      no more violence

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    • Elsa Labouret MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
      • 6 months ago

      Part of my heart lies in Japan and the amount of disdain toward women's safety and freedom breaks my heart. This needs to change.

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    • Evelyn Colwell TORONTO, CANADA
      • 6 months ago

      Women need to have their rights protected!

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