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As this roundup demonstrates, on issues surrounding female empowerment in Japan, the news is mixed:

  • Parts of the unreleased diary of feminist Raicho Hiratsuka are now on display at a museum in Nagano, 50 years after her death. In protest at sexist comments by ex-Tokyo Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori, the exhibition also covers the history of “women who don’t stay silent.”
  • One female and one male athlete may swear the Olympic Oath in Tokyo this summer in a nod toward gender equality, Kyodo reports. Meanwhile, we await Tokyo organizers’ equality and diversity pledges, promised for May. Did we miss them?
Ayumi Taniguchi (center), chairperson of #MinnanoSeiri, and two members of the advocacy group, calling for equal access to period products in Japan. | COURTESY OF AYUMI TANIGUCHI / VIA KYODO
Ayumi Taniguchi (center), chairperson of #MinnanoSeiri, and two members of the advocacy group, calling for equal access to period products in Japan. | COURTESY OF AYUMI TANIGUCHI / VIA KYODO

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