Women: The Economic Saviors of Japan?

Women: The Economic Saviors of Japan?

Emily S Chen – The Diplomat – Tuesday, 12 August 2014 (originally published 10 Aug) Gender balancing in business is no longer the exclusive agenda of women’s right activists in Japan; it now has the full attention of the Japanese government. To counter the country’s aging workforce and flaccid economy, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe […]

[Japan] Women’s group aims for sustainable rural lifestyle

[Japan] Women’s group aims for sustainable rural lifestyle

Keisuke Iwata – Japan Times – Friday, 28 March 2014 (originally published 24 Mar) It was the taste of fresh tomatoes, corn and figs delivered from her father that persuaded Nahoko Niwa to wind up her eventful urban life and become a farmer. The freshness and taste of local produce is also what led the […]

Remembering the displaced on anniversary of Japan's 'Triple Disaster'

Remembering the displaced on anniversary of Japan's 'Triple Disaster'

Elizabeth Ferris & Mireya Solís for The Brookings Institution – LSE Project on Internal Displacement – WNN Breaking Commentary (WNN/BI-LSE) Washington D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: As we mark the third anniversary of Japan’s Triple Disaster, questions still linger as to what Japan and the world have learned from the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident that […]

Fear of radiation keeps Japan's children indoors

Fear of radiation keeps Japan's children indoors

Toru Hanai and Elaine Lies for TRF – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/TRF) Koriyama, JAPAN, EASTERN ASIA: Some of the smallest children in Koriyama, a short drive from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, barely know what it’s like to play outside – fear of radiation has kept them indoors for much of their short lives. Though the […]

A monument to strong [Caribbean] black women [in UK]

A monument to strong [Caribbean] black women [in UK]

Natricia Duncan – Voice – Thursday, 09 January 2014 (originally published 06 Jan) AN AFRICAN mother holding a baby stands proudly in Stockwell Park, her gaze firmly fixed upwards. She has come to represent the enduring strength of black women. The 10-foot bronze sculpture was the brainchild of Guyanese-born Lambeth resident Cecile Nobrega, who recently […]

Japan rethinks cultural bias against working mothers

Japan rethinks cultural bias against working mothers

TV Asahi/CNN – WBRC – Monday, 27 May 2013 (originally published 22 May) TOKYO (TV Asahi/CNN) – The government is now reaching out to an underutilized demographic – highly skilled mothers. In Japan, with its aging population and shrinking birthrate, increased female participation in the workforce, or womeonmics as it’s been dubbed, matters. In April […]

Japan Can Champion Women’s Rights

Japan Can Champion Women’s Rights

Mary M. McCarthy – New York Times – Thursday, 03 January 2013 (originally published 01 Jan) “THEY started to drag us away, one by one. … I hid under the table, but was soon found. … The Japanese officer … took his sword out of its scabbard and pointed it at me, threatening me with […]

Global campaign targets rape in conflict zones

Global campaign targets rape in conflict zones

Phil Moore – Amnesty International – Tuesday, 27 November 2012 (originally published 23 Nov) Tens of thousands of civilians fled in fear this week as the armed group M23 marched into the eastern Congolese city of Goma – worsening an already dire human rights situation.  Following the city’s fall to the M23 on Tuesday, many more […]

Japan planning breast milk radiation tests

Japan planning breast milk radiation tests

Kyung Lah – CNN – Friday, 13 January 2012 (originally published 12 Jan) Tokyo (CNN) — Some new mothers in Japan may soon be adding radiation testing of their breast milk to their list of health checkups. Government officials say they are considering widespread testing of breast milk samples of new mothers in Fukushima Prefecture, home […]