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Japanese magazine fucks up by posting ranking of “f*ckable female college students”

Weekly SPA, a magazine famed for insisting that sex and money are the only things worth striving for, came out with a story in late December about which colleges had…

Should Japanese men have the right to molest women on the train? A close friend of the Prime Minister writes, “Yes!”––the magazine goes out business

Yes, according to Ogawa, a friend of Japan's Prime Minister, if you're a woman in Japan and you get groped on the train--it's because you're giving off pheromones. The scent…

Have you been a victim of sexual assault in Japan? How did police respond?

Have you been a victim of sexual assault in Japan? How did police respond? 日本で性犯罪被害に遭って警察に相談した結果?#詩織 #shiori #私も #MeToo RT please. — Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 (@jakeadelstein) October 29, 2017

Japan’s Female Police Commissioner worked with racist & sexist newspaper?

It's not just Ms. Yamatani's ties to a hate group reviled by the UN, Zaitokukai, but in an essay she wrote for a magazine run by a member of the…

Abe tells women to “shine,” but, really, he meant “die!”

A blog post written by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to show his support for women backfires when people pointed out that the English word "shine" can actually be read…

Sexist jibes at Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly Spark & Ignite Protests

The insults included such gems as: “You should hurry up and get married!” "Can’t you have babies?” The remarks brought up bad memories for some of the population as it…