Mar 19, 2015

Miyagi mayor sued for sexual harassment dissolves village assembly

The mayor in the village of Ohira, Miyagi Prefecture, dissolved the village assembly this week after he was sued for alleged acts of sexual harassment. Ohira, population 5,563, dissolved its 14-member assembly on Tuesday after it passed a vote of no-confidence against Mayor Masahiro ...

54% of assemblywomen uncomfortable with counterparts' sexist acts

Jan 30, 2015

54% of assemblywomen uncomfortable with counterparts' sexist acts

A nationwide survey of assemblywomen said Friday that just over 54 percent of female lawmakers feel uncomfortable when exposed to sexist acts, remarks or verbal abuse from assemblymen. “Such sex discrimination has been a major obstacle for women seeking assembly membership as well as ...

Video of women fighting off harassers shocks India

Dec 2, 2014

Video of women fighting off harassers shocks India

A video showing two sisters in northern India hitting back at men who allegedly harassed them on a crowded bus has drawn huge attention in a country where hundreds of thousands of women silently endure sexual harassment daily. The video, filmed by a passenger ...

Nov 21, 2014

Gunma University fires professor for verbal harassment

Gunma University has fired a professor at its medical school for verbally harassing his staff, including by telling a women she was not allowed to have children. The unnamed professor, who is in his 40s, was sacked for making comments construed as “power harassment” ...

Sexual harassment at Comic-Con in the spotlight

Jul 28, 2014

Sexual harassment at Comic-Con in the spotlight

Amid the costumes and fantasy of this weekend’s Comic-Con convention, a group of young women drew widespread attention to a very real issue — allegations of sexual harassment at the annual comic book convention. Geeks for CONsent, founded by three women from Philadelphia, gathered ...

Jul 3, 2014

Man accused of egging office of sexist heckler

Police on Wednesday sent a case to prosecutors accusing a man in his 50s of throwing raw eggs at the entrance to the office of Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly member Akihiro Suzuki on June 23. The man, whose name was not released, allegedly egged the ...

Jul 1, 2014

Weak response to sexist taunts

The way in which the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly's effectively closed the book on the sexist jeering of a female assembly member during a plenary session raises doubts as to whether the assembly takes sexual harassment seriously.