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Petition to Minister of Justice, Members of the Diet

“No means no”: Make Japan a place where survivors of sexual assault can live positively

During my first year on the job, the head of the department told me that he would teach me about sales. His department was next to mine, and his sales record was by far the most impressive in the company. After taking up his offer and accompanying him, he pressured me for sex. When I said “no,” it meant nothing to him. After finally landing my dream job at a time when the job market was frozen, I didn’t know how else I could decline his request since I knew that he was the boss, and I was just a new employee. After the act, I realized that the scar left by this experience could not be brushed away; I felt powerless, and wanted to disappear from this world. I couldn’t seek help from anyone about what happened that day. Being a naive 22-year-old, I blamed myself for years after that. But after 15 years – at the age of 37 –I finally told my closest friends about my experience, and they told me with assurance that I should not blame myself. One of them even shared her own experience with me, one very similar to mine. Then I learned that while sex without consent would be considered a crime in other countries, my experience would never be considered a sex crime in Japan because even though I said “no,” I didn’t fight back with all my strength. I still have nightmares about that day and feel shaken to my core. But I started thinking that instead of just being scared, I wanted to change the situation in Japan. In Japan, the percentage of women who ask the police for help when forced into sexual intercourse with people of the opposite sex is a mere 4.3%*1. Most victims think that they were in the wrong, and that they would be held to blame, so they keep their experiences a secret, telling no one. Why is it that in Japan, in comparison to other countries, sex crimes receive less severe punishments and victims find it so much more difficult to ask for help? One of the reasons is the penal code: the Japanese penal code was written over 100 years ago, in 1907. The law was established by a Diet in which not a single woman was present, and thus instead of considering the pain that victims go through, emphasis was placed on protecting family honor and pedigree. Moreover, the provisions specifically related to sex crimes in the penal code have barely been amended in over 100 years. But, we now have a chance to change this situation. The Japanese Ministry of Justice is considering amending the sections related to sex crimes in the penal code, and there is a high possibility that by January 2017, the proposal for reforming the law will be submitted to the Diet. This is a chance to change the penal code after 100 years: a once-in-a-century opportunity. But most cases of sexual assault rely on existing hierarchical power relations found in the workplace, in school, as well as in families to silence opposition by the victims*2, and therefore with the current proposal, perpetrators in such cases will still walk free. Accordingly, starting this fall, we are meeting up with politicians to advocate for a proposal that could help more survivors. To do this, we need everyone—each one of you—to raise your voices in support of the penal code reform. We don't simply want to reform the penal code. Rather, we want to make Japan a place where sex crimes get punished, and survivors can live positively. Please sign your name and share!   *1 2014 Japanese Cabinet Research on violence between men and womenhttp://www.gender.go.jp/policy/no_violence/e-vaw/chousa/h26_boryoku_cyousa.html *2 In regards to the research above about the people who were forced into sexual intercourse with people of the opposite sex, when asked about the kinds of relationships survivors had with the perpetrators, 65.9% answered “acquaintances.”   <Main Organizations of Change Sex Crimes Law Project>Tomorrow Girls TroopNPO Shiawase NamidaSurvivors' Association on Sexual Assault and Penal CodeChabudai­gaeshi Joshi (Table-Turn-Over Ladies)    

刑法性犯罪を変えよう!プロジェクト Change Sex Crimes Law Project
54,422 supporters
This petition won 3 years ago

Petition to 日本入国管理局

「白人ならどんな日本人女性ともヤレる」と、自らのセミナーで発言をする、強制わいせつデートコーチのJulien Blancの入国を阻止せよ! Stop "pick-up artist" Julien Blanc, who profits off of teaching seminars on how to abuse women, from entering Japan!

現在、アメリカを中心として活動をし、高額セミナーで世界中を回っている、ピックアップアーティスト(ナンパ師)そして、デートコーチと言う名のDV伝道師ジュリアン・ブランクを、日本に入国させないため、日本で好き勝手させないための署名活動を開始します。分かりやすく、彼のことを簡単に説明すると・世界中で、女性との接し方がわからない、交際の仕方がわからない男性達に、高額のセミナーを行ったり、課金制チャットでの講習会、今まで自分が行った行動を課金制のビデオで販売するなどの方法で、伝授する「デートコーチ」。・しかし、普通に伝授するだけかと思えば、そうではなく、現在問題視されているのは「どうしたら、女性を自分の支配下に置くことができるか」と言うことが、セミナー等で主体になっていることなのです。事実として、ヨーロッパやオーストラリア、他の国で女性をナンパする動画にて、女性の首を軽く締めて「シーっ」と黙らせるような荒技まで繰り広げている始末です。まさにこれは、DVの初期段階で行われる「マインドコントロール」以外の何物でもないのです。そして、デート伝授の講演の内容には、こんな人種差別的な発言までしているのです。「日本の東京に行けば、白人の男ならどんな日本人女性とも簡単にヤレる!「ピカチュー、ポケモン、トモダチ!」とか適当なことを大声で言って、首を掴んで、自分の股間に当てても、日本人女性は笑うだけなんだぜ!グループで固まってた女の子にそれをやったときは、本当に楽しかったぜ!!」…    。日本人女性がNOと言えないのをいい事に、この男は日本に来ると、差別的な意味でやりたい放題なのです。こんな方法で、世界中にDVと強制わいせつを万永させるような商売をしている男なのです。そして、ここでもう一つ問題なのが、このジュリアン・ブランクが、あと1週間あまりで、日本にまた来ると言うのです。そこで、この署名活動を通じて・この男の行動などを、日本の入国管理局に報告し、日本への入国自体を、完全拒否、阻止すること。・入国した場合に、この日本でもセミナーがあるのならば、それを宿泊ホテルごとキャンセルさせること。・その他、日本国内でのマナーのない行動を完全阻止、クラブ等への出入り禁止を働きかけ、一人でも女性が被害に遭わないように、食い止めること。これが、署名活動を行う目的です。このDV伝道師であり、強制わいせつ者であるジュリアン・ブランクを、みなさんの力で完全阻止しましょう。そして、国際社会と言われる中での、見えない人種差別を、少しでも減らしていきましょう!!!!!この抗議活動は、オーストラリアのメルボルン、アメリカのワシントン州シアトル市、テキサス州オースティン市や他の国でも発足されており、ジュリアン・ブランクのセミナーが宿泊ホテルごとキャンセルされる、セミナーチケットの販売元がチケット販売自体を中止するまでに至っています。現在、日本でのセミナーは11月15日〜17日の間に行われると言うことですが、場所等が明確ではないため、現在情報を集めております。セミナーの情報が入った場合に、就労ビザの有無などによっても、法によって取り締まれる案が出てくる可能性もあります。被害者を減らすため、女性差別をなくすためにも、私たちはベストを尽くします。一人でも多くの署名を、よろしくお願いいたします!!!!!Julien Blanc, the so-called "pick-up artist" and "date coach" who gained notoriety worldwide for his abusive "dating" techniques and his documentation of such abuse, including the now-infamous "White male f*cks Asian women in Tokyo (And the beautiful methods to it!)" video, has publicly posted to his Twitter and Facebook accounts that he is headed back to Tokyo within the next few weeks, and he is NOT welcome in Japan.His video depicts him grabbing random women and forcing their heads to his crotch, and even grabbing a convenience store worker and forcibly kissing her while she is on the job. But beyond these antics, it also showed something more sinister--him teaching a seminar to other (primarily white) men, teaching them to "pick up" Japanese women by just grabbing them and shoving their faces into the man's genital area. He proudly proclaims to his students, "If you’re a white male in Tokyo, you can do what you want. I’m just romping through the streets, just grabbing girls’ heads, just like, head, pfft on the dick, head on the dick, yelling, ‘Pikachu,’ with a Pikachu shirt (on)."After this video brought him under international scrutiny, more vile details about his "techniques" were revealed, including putting his female "targets" into choke-holds and other demeaning positions (his own photographs confirm this), promoting the use of domestic violence, both physical and psychological, to get women to stay with him, aggressively harassing women via online dating platforms, and creating numerous videos and articles encouraging aggressive and violent pick-up techniques (going so far as to compare his technique to American serial killer Ted Bundy).He is, in essence, making a living off of misogyny, racism, abuse, and harassment, and teaching techniques on how to do it and how to get away with it.Needless to say, the international backlash has been overwhelming, and the public outcry has led to hotels in Australia and America cancelling the reservations to host his seminars, and online ticketing companies to drop his events from their sales sites.Now is the time that Japan must act.Aside from rumors that he will be holding seminars in Tokyo from November 15-17, it is clear that he is coming to Tokyo with the purpose of committing "forcible indecency," a crime which is punishable under the Japanese Penal Code.We are asking for Japanese immigration to deny entry to Julien Blanc, as he is trying to enter the country with the intent of committing criminal acts.Additionally, we also have reason to believe that he may not possess the proper visa to hold his seminars, which he and the company he works for (RSD- Real Social Dynamics) directly profit from.Furthermore, as evidenced by his own video of him abusing Japanese women in public, he is also profitting (almost certainly without consent) from documenting his aggressive and violent "pick-up" tactics in action.Therefore, we request Japan's Department of Immigration to bar his entry from the country.If in the event that Julien is able to enter Japan, we are requesting that popular nightlife spots coorperate to bar him from entry, increase awareness of his actions and those of possibe copycats/"students" of Julien, and to encourage victims to come forward.People of Japan and the world, let's come together to stop this violent, racist misogynist in his tracks.

Queen Jackal
51,673 supporters
This petition won 5 years ago

Petition to Junji Ogura / 小倉純二様, Press Department / 日本PR担当

なでしこジャパンのロンドン五輪からの帰国時は男女平等に対応して頂きたい!#nadeshiko #london2012

English translation below. 日本語 2011年3月の東日本大震災以来、現世界チャンピオンである「なでしこジャパン」は、日本を元気付ける役割を果たしてきました。しかし7月16日、ロンドン五輪に備え、パリに到着した日本代表女子サッカーチーム「なでしこジャパン」は、男子代表サッカーチームは移動のフライトをビジネスクラスで利用したにも関わらず、女子チームはエコノミークラスで移動し、合宿へと入りました。日 本サッカー協会(JFA)会長は、「メダルを取ればビジネスクラスの利用を考える」と述べているそうですが、このような男女の処遇の差は、メダルの獲得以 前の問題です。現にオーストラリア代表女子バスケットボールチームも同じように男女における不平等な待遇を受け、その処遇に対して多くの批判が集まりまし た。それにより、現地の協会は方針を見なおしています。 実際にフライトを提供している日本航空に関しても、ぜひ、この男女による待遇の違いの是正に対して共感していただき、帰国時において同じ待遇をしていただく協力をお願いできればと思います。私 たちは、高校時代に共にサッカーをやっていた幼なじみ同士であり、また、なでしこジャパンの一ファンとして彼女たちへの感謝の気持ちと同時に、日本サッ カーに深く存在する男女の処遇の差を取り除く大事な一歩として、Change.orgでこのキャンペーンを発信することにしました。 日本サッカー協会(JFA)と日本航空(JAL)にはぜひ、ロンドン五輪でのメダル獲得があってもなくとも、オリンピックからの帰国時には、男女とも同じ待遇の対処をしていただきたいと思います。 English @JFA Provide equal treatment to the women’s and men’s soccer teams on their flight back home from the Olympics! Two weeks ago, Japan's women’s soccer team and reigning world champions Nadeshiko Japan flew economy to the London Olympics while their male counterparts were seated in business class. The chairman of the Japanese Football Association (JFA) said that a business-class return flight “would be considered for the women's team if they bring a medal home”. But equality between our women's and men's teams shouldn't depend on a medal. Since the devastating earthquake in March last year, Nadeshiko Japan has been a source of hope and strength for our country. Their world championship title, their sportsmanship throughout the tournament, and their steadfast determination in the face of great odds have given all of us 元気 (genki) – the Japanese word for spirit, energy, courage, and strength. Nadeshiko Japan have given us pride in the achievements of our citizens, our athletes, and our women, and it’s time they are recognized for it. We call on the Japan Football Association (JFA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) to provide equal treatmentto the women’s and men’s soccer teams on their flight back home from the Olympics. Links http://sankei.jp.msn.com/london2012/news/120724/otr12072408320001-n1.htm http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/jul/19/london-2012-japan-australia-sexism?newsfeed=true http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/basketball/9414442/London-2012-Olympics-Australian-basketball-to-review-travel-arrangements-after-discrimination-claim.htmlhttp://www.j-cast.com/tv/2012/07/31141230.html Image Credit amadeusrecord via Flickr under Creative Commons licensing

Sohko Fujimoto
21,579 supporters