Thoughts on life after the PhD
Came across this piece that documents the rarely-discussed (at least in the Japanese media) problem of domestic violence in Japan. It’s especially telling that they use a katakana-English word (domesutikku baiorensu) for “domestic violence,” indicating that there isn’t really a word for it in Japanese (or that most people wouldn’t recognize the Japanese term). While I don’t want to contribute to the stereotype that all Japanese women are helpless victims in a male-dominated country, I do agree with this piece that attitudes toward domestic violence in Japan are shocking. In particular, the attitude of the police (that you should go home and “listen” to your husband/boyfriend better if he hits you, that he wouldn’t hit you if you were a better partner, that it’s just his way of expressing emotion) is appalling. Just the idea that violence is an acceptable form of communication is appalling. I remember seeing some silly variety TV program that filmed the lives of various couples–at one point a young couple was arguing and the guy slapped the girl hard across the face, and the show continued as if nothing had happened!
Additional note: check out Andrew Grimes’ very helpful comment on this; he provides a much more thorough assessment of the situation (and plenty of helpful links).
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