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New Approaches: #MeToo in Japan and the UK

The #MeToo movement is a campaign that has enabled thousands of people around the world to speak out about sexual misconduct. In this seminar, the impact of #MeToo will be discussed in relation to the UK and Japan. The speakers will outline the implications and effects the movement has had across each society and the extent to which it may impact government policies and legislation, as well as the challenges that the movement faces.

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Closing the gender gap by 2030: Lessons from Japan and the UK

In 2017, Japan was ranked114th on the Global Gender Gap Index produced by the World Economic Forum, evidencing the magnitude of the gender gap problem in this country. Whilst the UK was ranked 15th, there are still several areas in which the country still performs poorly, such as the gender pay gap. In this seminar, the current status of the gender gap in Japan and the UK specifically and OECD countries more generally will be discussed, including about what policies have been implemented, what challenges still exist and future recommendations.

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Women’s Economic Empowerment in Post-Disaster Reconstruction: a study of Tohoku

On March 11 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit the north-east coast of Japan, causing a massive tsunami. After disasters, women play a vital role in rehabilitating the household and the community, which is one strategic approach in post-disaster recovery efforts. In this talk, Tohoku, Japan, will be discussed as an example of good practices of economic empowerment of women in post-disaster reconstruction. Wider perspectives of economic empowerment issues for vulnerable communities and groups in post-disaster reconstruction will also be presented.

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An update on the Japanese Economy: how women can change it

Japan’s period of low economic growth continues, despite the government’s best efforts to provide stimulus to the economy. The country’s ageing and shrinking population are two of the main obstacles to achieving sustained growth. In this seminar, the speakers will analyse the current state of the Japanese economy and the government’s approaches to dealing with it. They will discuss the benefits that may arise from increasing female labour participation and the limitations of government efforts to encourage a more active role for women in the economy.

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15 June 2018

Kizuna: Japan | Wales | Design

Kizuna: Japan | Wales | Design is the latest exhibition to open at the National Museum Cardiff. The exhibition showcases Japanese design and culture and celebrates Wales’s role in the exchange of Japanese art and design.

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11 June 2018

The Penal Code in Japan: Sex without consent isn’t rape? A talk with the first incorporated sexual assault survivors' organisation in Japan 

In June 2017, the Penal Code regarding sex crimes in Japan was reformed significantly for the first time in 110 years, but many challenges remain. At this talk, the work of Spring, the first incorporated sexual assault survivors’ organisation in Japan, will be introduced and the reality of sexual violence in Japan will also be discussed. It will also be an opportunity to exchange ideas about how to realise a better world for everyone, including survivors of sexual violence.

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