Photo: A woman stands before the walled entrance of Tokyo Medical University holding a banner that says “No forgiveness for misogyny”, and speaks into a megaphone. She holds a placard that says “We will not forgive any kind of discrimination”. Beside her, a fellow protester holds a sign over their face with the word “outrage”. 写真：東京医大の入り口にかかっている「女性差別を許さない」バナーの前に1人がメガフォンを使って人に話している。「すべての差別を許さない」のプラカードを手に持つ。バナーのそばに別の人りが顔を「激怒」が書いてあるプラカードで隠す。
Photo from CatNewsAgency and http://newsplusalpha.net/archives/11020373.html
For anyone who already hasn’t heard, Tokyo medical university has been found reducing entrance exam scores for women since 2011, because women are considered unreliable workers in the medical industry. The revelation (a byproduct of another investigation into exam results doctoring involving a top-level ministry bureaucrat) has sparked outrage among women, parents, and interestingly the world.
Firstly, as I want to highlight later on when I assemble some images regarding the Ainu movement, Japan rarely listens to protests, unless the international community is involved. Japan wants to be considered Western, and anything that disrupts this image is unwanted.
Secondly, reading some tweets quickly, parents are getting involved. Firstly because they are raising daughters, but secondly because they are seeing Japan as a hell for their daughters to live in (South Korea already has this though, so don’t expect radical change from this alone). The pressure to get into university is very high, but anything that disrupts the faith in university’s could have wider effects on the economy.
The media is reporting this thoroughly as well. More and more misogyny is being discussed in the media. Lord knows the quality of discussion, but at least girls in Japan will know that it is OK to fight back.
More and more women are seeing the truth: that their society should be doing better.