Gender Pronouns Explained to Japanese on National News

“It is said that mis-gendering can seriously hurt the other person’s heart.”
“In a suburb of New York, middle schools teach about sexual minorities to students. The school works to protect the sexual identity of sexual minority students. In classroom activities, they use the pronoun, “they.”

The Japanese female author then describes her visit to a radical conservative baptist church in Georgia. After asking about sexual minorities:

“I was surprised at his strong response, even an hour and a half into his sermon, the minister repeatedly criticized sexual minorities. These conservatives strongly believe that ‘sex is determined by God,’ so they say using “they” is bad. After a sermon, one male believer said, ‘The Bible teaches that sexual minorities are dangerous. Men are men, women are women, and we never use genderless pronouns.'”

“I’m Shige Sakurai, a Japanese-American who identifies as a sexual minority.
Three years ago, Sakurai, a university teacher in Eastern Maryland, obtained a license with an “X” in the gender column, meaning neither male nor female.”

「わたしの最終目標は、より多くの人がこの問題に関わることです。“they”が広がることで、私たちが直面する問題の解決への第一歩になることを願っています」
“My ultimate goal is to get more people involved in this problem. I hope the more general “they” will be the first step in solving the problems we face.”

tl;dr: The article presents, to a Japanese audience, using gender pronouns as an act of love, tolerance, and understanding, while painting opponents as religious fanatics that only oppose it due to their belief in God. The author then alludes to the use of gender pronouns as something that Japan should perhaps consider use of.


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Japan’s First Bill to Punish Hate Speech Expected to Pass in Kawasaki

Demonstrators protest against hate speech in Kawasaki in May 2019

The city of Kawasaki on Monday submitted to its assembly an ordinance bill to introduce criminal penalties for hate speech, the first in Japan.

Japan enacted in 2016 a law designed to deter hate speech, but it lacks provisions to ban or punish the use of discriminatory language, leading critics to call for tougher steps to eradicate discrimination against ethnic minorities.

“In order to promote the creation of a city in which no citizens are subjected to unjust discrimination, we will deepen discussions and work toward enacting the ordinance,” Kawasaki Mayor Norihiko Fukuda said.

The Kawasaki bill, expected to pass the assembly in mid-December and take effect on July 1, bans discriminatory remarks against a person from a particular country or region in public spaces such as on the street or in a park.

It calls for issuing advisories and orders to violators and disclosing the names and addresses of repeated violators while making them punishable with a fine of up to 500,000 yen ($4,600).

https://japantoday.com/category/politics/japan’s-1st-bill-to-punish-hate-speech-submitted-in-kawasaki

Pope Commands Japan to Accept Refugees

The Pope is currently in Japan visiting Japanese Catholics.
In a speech at the main cathedral of Tokyo, he expressed concern that Japan has not done enough to help refugees in the recent years.
He was shocked to learn that only 42 people received refugee status in Japan, and said this must change.

I ask you to spread the arms of friendship and welcome those who come, often after great suffering, to seek refuge in your country” Pope Francis made an appeal to Japan at the meeting with young people in the Cathedral of Saint Mary in Tokyo. The Pope explained Japan’s framework of rules is “so restrictive that the number of those who have obtained refugee status in 2018 is limited to 42 people.”

Too much competition and frenzy leads to loneliness, “the greatest poverty,” the Pontiff said in a meeting with young people in Tokyo. “There are young people who do not laugh, do not play, do not know a sense of wonder and surprise. As zombies – Pope Francis used this word -, their hearts stopped beating because of their inability to celebrate life with others. And now we need to make room for God in a frenetic society focused on being only competitive and productive.”

http://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/mondo/asia/2019/11/25/papa-al-giappone-accogliete-i-rifugiati_3fca8cd7-5bf1-40cc-9b54-8cc864a39005.html

Twerking Spreads to Japan

and it’s called, “穴振れ (Ketsufure)”

Fading away are the gushingly-cute schoolgirl idols of yesteryear that appealed to your sense of innocence. Instead, globalized western sexuality of in-your-face aggressive feminist ass shaking is taking its place.

「大門弥生」が中心となり、時代や世代、性別を動かす音楽。今を輝く女性アーティストと届ける「GIRL’S POWER」が炸裂するコンセプトシリーズ

“Daimon Yayoi” plays a central role in music that changes the times, generations, and genders. A series of concept where “GIRL’S POWER” is delivered with a shining female artist.

Daimon Yayoi sends an American 1960’s feminist bra burning message in her other video, “NO BRA!”

あの、濃い目のリップに黒髪 強目の女子はお嫌いですか?「ヒールで仁王立ち」シンガー「大門弥生」と、レぺゼン地球!アイデンティティ溢れる予測不能な最強の女性ラッパー「あっこゴリラ」が放つ「レペゼン女性」をテーマにしたノーブラソング。

女の子は見た目やおっぱいの大きさなんか気にせず、また、窮屈に生きるより自分に自信を持って自由なライフスタイルで日々を過ごせば活き活きと輝ける!と言った前向きなメッセージソング🙋‍♀✨🙆‍♀✨️💁‍♀️

Do you hate girls with dark hair and dark hair? “Standing at the heel” singer “Yayo Daimon” and the Repezen Earth! A no-bra song based on the theme of “Repezen Women” released by the strongest and unpredictable female rapper “Akko Gorilla”.

Girls don’t care about their appearance or the size of their breasts, and they can shine vividly if they spend their days in a free lifestyle with confidence in themselves rather than living strictly! A positive message song. 🙋‍♀✨🙆‍♀✨️💁‍♀️

Daimon Yaoi Profile
Schwaza Records Facebook
Yayoi Daimon Youtube Channel

Shibuya Halloween Drinking Ban Has No Penalty

“Hoping to avoid Halloween-related rowdiness, Shibuya Ward in Tokyo will ban alcohol consumption on streets this coming weekend and on Halloween itself.

Although the ordinance carries no punishment for violations…”

With no penalty, this ban is not a ban at all. But surely the foreign hordes will comply anyway. The city and police feel confident that simply asking people to follow the rules will work.

Ward officials as well as the Metropolitan Police Department will call for public cooperation during the period covered by the ordinance.

And in true Japanese fashion, the local government will be “fixing” foreigner-related problems with their strongest playing card – by putting up signs:

“The ward will also place signs on shopping streets warning against troublesome behavior.”

With a toothless ban, polite requests, and signs, we can feel confident that Tokyo has taken adequate steps to prevent chaos this year. What could go wrong?

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/21/national/shibuya-halloween-alcohol-ban/