The phenomenon of sexual harassment in Japan and like, wtf Japanese men?

Sexual harassment in JapanIn a post the other day the exploitation of Japanese female high school students used to promote businesses like massage parlors, escort services for Japanese men, magazine sales, pamphlet distribution, fortune telling and often sex, demonstrably shows how the natural weakness in female high school girls can be easily manipulated by Japanese men. Not forgetting though that many of these young Japanese girls have about as much sense as a box of rocks. Japan ranks as one of the lowest countries on gender equality and the below article makes this perfectly clear. I couldn’t image being a young good looking Japanese girl of 26 years-old working in an office full of Japanese men serving them tea, shuffling papers and running errands between entering data in a computer with Japanese men staring at your every movement in the office. I think in one sense if people are familiar with work place bullying (ijime), I am getting the impression sexual harassment in Japan is a type of ijime.

One thing can be said on a related note, is how Japanese have an obsession with their looks, particularly Japanese women and recently, young prissy Japanese men as well. A survey conducted by the German market research company GfK, asked a total of 270,000 people aged 15 and older to rate their own looks, revealed that of the 22 countries surveyed, “Japan ranked lowest in terms of overall satisfaction with one’s own physical appearance.” It’s alright Japanese girls, I’ll accept you just the way you are. So here’s some advice, when you go to work go out of your way to make yourself look ugly and maybe that way Japanese men will ignore you? Here’s another suggestion, the night before eat as many sweet potatoes as you possibly can. When you arrive at work the next morning, lay down a trail of flatulence all over the office to leave your scent. Although some Japanese men might get off on that concept, most will probably start to avoid you.
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Source: ABC News

Japan Study: A Third of Working Women Were Sexually Harassed

By Yuri Kageyama

TOKYO – March 1, 2016

A Japanese government study has found nearly a third of working women who responded to a survey reported being sexually harassed on the job, such as being subjected to unwanted physical contact or degrading comments.

The study, released Tuesday and the first of its kind, examined responses from more than 9,600 women employees, submitted by mail or online. The response rate was 18 percent. It did not give a margin of error.

Of the respondents, 29 percent said they had suffered sexual harassment. The most common type of harassment was having their appearance or age become the focus of conversation, at 54 percent.

The next most common was unwanted touching at 40 percent, followed by sexually related questions at 38 percent. Twenty-seven percent were asked out for meals and dates.

Japan trails much of the world in achieving gender equality, ranking 101st among 145 nations and economies in the World Economic Forum’s study on the “gender gap,” which measures how fairly women are treated based on economic, educational, health-based and political indicators.

Although Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made encouraging women to work and get promoted one of the pillars of his policies, progress has been gradual.

One big reason behind that effort is that this nation’s society is aging and the workforce is rapidly shrinking. Women now make up for about 8 percent of leadership positions in companies hiring 100 people or more.

Tuesday’s study did not propose any specific measures for how the situation could be fixed, such as stiffer penalties for harassment or discrimination.

In many Japanese companies, women are placed on a different career track from men. They often have part-time jobs, partly because many Japanese men rarely help out with housework.

The so-called “M-curve” in employment that used to be so pronounced in the West for women some years ago, in which they drop out of the workforce to have children then rejoin later, is still prominent in Japan.

The study also found many complaints of “maternity harassment,” in which women were bullied into quitting their jobs when they became pregnant, or were targeted with suggestions they do so.

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