Unsung Heroine of Japanese Women’s Rights Dies at 89

ImageBeate Sirota Gordon, a daughter of Russian Jewish parents, almost singled-handedly wrote women’s rights in Japan’s modern Constitution at the age of 22. She produced what became Article 24:

“Marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes and it shall be maintained through mutual co-operation with the equal rights of husband and wife as a basis.

With regard to choice of spouse, property rights, inheritance, choice of domicile, divorce and other matters pertaining to marriage and the family, laws shall be enacted from the standpoint of individual dignity and the essential equality of the sexes.”

She also included women’s right to paid work, custody of children, property rights, inheritance, and to equal education. This she did entirely in secret until she wrote her autobiography.  Beate lived in Japan for many years and was horrified by how women were treated there. Women never came to parties; if their house hosted the party they served the men and ate in the kitchen alone. In public they always walked three to four steps behind men. They were usually married to men they didn’t know, could inherit nothing from their family, and could even be bought and sold.

Beate died on December 30, 2012, from what her daughter says was pancreatic cancer.





Equality in Japan’s Monarchy

A succession law was brought up in the England that would allow Duchess of Cambrige’s child if born a girl, to become next in line, rather than if the Duchess had a son for her second child. A similar succession law was brought up in Japan before Prince Akishino’s son was born. Since then, the law has been pushed out and males still hold most of the power in government. There are business women that hold positions in the cabinet, but even they are rare.



Goukon or Groupdating

Goukon is a (marginally) popular new(ish) kind of arranged dating service where groups of strangers can get to know each other. Usually these are “business casual” affairs in bars and restaurants. 

This particular article discusses what kinds of men should not even bother showing up. My favorite is the quote from a woman discussing her frustrations with men who wear sweat pants and jerseys to the goukon. She says “He should be a little more considerate of those of us who took time to dress stylishly”. 

Goukon is another excellent example of the group emphasis  that is so prevalent in Japanese culture. In the West similar events would maybe be things like speed dating where everybody has one-on-one time.


Wish cute girls or boys would show you the time or weather? Japan’s got an app for that…


This might not be anything new for some of you, but a website called bijin tokei/binan tokei OR bijin tenki/binan tenki can make your dreams come true, that is if you’re dream is to see a different cute boy or girl every 60 seconds.

For those who don’t know the translation is:
びじん (bijin) => beautiful lady
びなん (binan) => beautiful guy
とけい (tokei) => clock

てんき (tenki) => weather


In this site good-looking ladies and guys tell you what the time or weather is currently. Each individual appears holding a hand-written sign, stating the time or weather, and is updated every minute automatically (the clock). That means that 1440 pictures are shown every day. (Although in the course of writing this, I’ve noticed that the website can be kinda lazy and use the same man/woman more than once). The website sometimes lists the individual’s birthday, height, size, occupation, or blood type. The makers of this website were kind enough to develop an iPhone/iPod Touch app so that you can take these fetching individuals with you wherever you are.

If you’re looking for bijin:






If you’re looking for binan:





Naughty naughty Osaka

Osaka sex club busted, detained Filipina hostesses


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Osaka sex club busted, detained Filipina hostesses


TOKYO (TR) – Osaka prefectural police on Wednesday announced the arrest of a club manager who had detained a number of Filipina hostesses to supply sexual services on improper licensing charges, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Jan. 30).

Officers from the peace preservation division took Akira Goami, 55, the manager of club Midori, which is located in Yodogawa Ward, into custody for operating a sex-club establishment in a region prohibited by the Law Regulating Adult Entertainment Businesses.

On January 27 of last year, a 27-year-old hostess at Midori is alleged to have provided sexual services to a 40-year-old male.

Goami also confined several Filipina hostesses during non-working hours at the club. Wages for the women averaged 50,000 yen per month.

Four Japanese men were also arrested for participating in the arrangement of fake marriages with the Filipina women. Officers are now investigating how the women became employees at club Midori.



Special Women’s Love Bar


Last September a new type of bar opened for Japanese women in Shibuya. Love Joule (http://lovejoule.jp/) is the first “love and sex bar dedicated to women”, and despite it’s seemingly risqué label, Love Joule offers Japanese women the special opportunity to be open about their sexuality.


 This woman’s only bar (males only allowed if they are escorted by a female) allows women to speak openly about their sexuality with other women without worrying about men being around, and helps them to overcome the stigma that surrounds female masturbation in Japan. This bar is apparently a favorite of the former adult video star Nayuka Mine and model Sayo Hayakawa. Don’t worry boys Love Joule invites men to check Koichi Matsumotos’ customized toys “just for men” if they’re feeling left out of the fun.

Sayo Hayakawa                                                                       Nayuka Mine

Nayuka Mine                                                                                                                  Sayo Hayakawa



Gender Equality


According to online responses, Japan is happy with their ranking as 101st in the world for gender equality. As Americans who view gender equality as everybody has to be able to do the same job, get the same pay, and receive the same expectations. Japan has a much different view on gender equality. Gender equality in Japan revolves around men and women being able to choose their lifestyle of choice, whether they want to be housewives or part of the working class, without the constraints of gender.




On the same token, it seems Japanese women are stepping out in the world and saying “no” to marriage in recent years; although the rise of singles has led to a new phenomenon of ‘parasite singles’, which has become a severe detriment to the Japanese economy.