The World Economic Forum has proclaimed Japan one of the most sexist nations in the world, placing only 101st out of the 135 nations surveyed, with the worst showing of any in the G8.
According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2012, an international comparison of sexual discrimination published by the World Economic Forum, Japan now ranks 101st out of the 135 countries surveyed, having fallen a further 3 places from 98th since last year.
Japan also boasts the unwelcome distinction of having the least overall “gender equality” of any G8 nation.
For some reason the top performers were all Nordic nations, with Iceland in first, followed by Finland, Norway and Sweden. Germany came 13th, the UK 18th, Canada 21st, and the US 22nd. China came 69th, and South Korea 108th.
Amongst Japanese there is now more than a little scepticism about endless foreign proclamations of the endemic evils Japanese women are supposedly subjected to, particularly when Japan barely scraped in above several Arab nations:
“Japan certainly does suffer hugely from sexual discrimination – most of it against men!”
“And this would be because of the pampered position of women in Japan, right?”
“Right, few nations have less gender equality than Japan – the preferential treatment women here get is extreme.”
“These results seem a bit extreme.”
“More leftist fabrication.”
“Those women only carriages have much to answer for!”
“You have to treat women with more worshipful obedience if you want to score higher.”
“Your responses may not be totally serious, but this really is a ranking of female supremacy.”
“Few nations persecute men as much as in Japan.”
“We need to eliminate gender distinctions in Japanese society, starting with separate changing rooms.”
“Just accept the fact that Japanese women actually want to become housewives.”
“The only reason young women want to become housewives is because they know nobody will treat them equitably if they want to become managers, no matter how hard they work.”
“Housewife = NEET.”
“Odd that Japanese women enjoy automatic success in any dispute over child custody if they are so discriminated against.”
“Pity the samurai spirit of the Japanese man, bravely working all his working hours and only stopping for lunch on the meagre allowance his wife allows him…”
“The people who compile this research have just been getting all their information from extremist groups like ECPAT, who are desperate to denigrate Japan with their lies.”
“This is obviously all part of someone’s agenda – overseas they all think Japan is the most chauvinist nation in the developed world.”
“Most of their findings are based on anecdotal evidence rather than statistical findings, and they are gathered by groups in the various countries rather than any independent source.”
“Kind of ridiculous to see nations with vastly higher rates of rape and violence against women rank higher than Japan in this…”
“Funny how nobody in their right mind would want to live in the ruined nations at the top of the ranking.”
“Talk about inequality – women are unlucky to get any actual punishment for their crimes, whilst any false accusation they make sees men arrested and forced to confess.”
“Some of Japan’s official statistics:
Homeless: men – 14,707, women – 531
Suicides: men – 21,419, women – 8,502
Deaths from overwork: men – 301, women, 16”