Stop Domestic Violence, Manga Style


The Japanese government has published this curious poster warning of the dangers of domestic violence, for some inexplicable reason illustrating it rather tastefully in manga style with a fierce looking lady.

The actual content of the poster, published under the auspices of the Cabinet Office, is probably best ignored – it claims 10.8% of married women are victims of “domestic violence,” but the results are based solely on a survey of women, with traditional and highly reprehensible “physical violence” lumped in together with the exceedingly ambiguous “psychological attacks” and “sexual demands.”

Or in other words, the number is made up to make the problem seem terribly bad and justify some agency’s budget.

This does not answer the question as to just why a manga style illustration was chosen for the poster however…

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    Comment by Anonymous
    15:32 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just to be clear:

    Corporal Punishment (i.e. the use of physical force on a person as a serious form of discipline) is not the same as Domestic Violence unlike what some believe. Logically, whether the former was inevitable is completely up to the individual(s) at the scene. Sadly, victims of pain are more than likely prone to making shit up, therefore raising some bad press despite it being blatant lies.

    Society sure has bred a generation of weak-willed people.

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    Comment by stillcode
    08:34 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan is doing a fine job of reducing domestic violence. As we speak, the marriage rate is collapsing. Pretty soon there will be no more husbands to commit domestic violence, or raise a family for that matter. Good job Japan!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:58 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    well i do prefer the manga approach, if you would see
    the buses with pictures of battered women all around you would understand.
    it was especially annoying since the women potrayed in
    the ads were quite well educated and respectable memebers of society.
    it made me wander how, if they are so well educated and have a good economical position, end up choosing a caveman/thug as a partner.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:43 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If the poster is about women being the victims of abuse, why does SHE look likes she's about to hurt someone?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:48 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They do it manga style because everything in Japan is done that way. They turned the aflac duck into an anime cat wearing a duck costume for god sakes... I loves Japan =D

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    Comment by Kesshi
    16:49 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh, they still use the original Aflac duck in their commercials, although they toned down the annoying quality of the voice, thank God. ^_^;;

    ... no offense, Mr. Gottfried... >_>

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:43 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    am I the only one seeing Sakaki on the pic?

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    Comment by OTIKA
    00:44 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Domestic Violence... by the cats?
    Even if they all came at once, not sure if want.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:28 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh come on. It's not like because of manga Your husband is going to use Kamekameha to DV you. But if that really happens..... Scary~

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    Comment by OTIKA
    15:54 08/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Somehow, that sounds like a form of rough sex...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:44 20/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is plot for hentai.

    untile some random guy

    " kill it with fire "

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    Comment by andrewtokyojapan
    12:11 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    As in all countries in the world, there is a lot of domestic violence in Japan too. For anyone interested in the severe problems faced by victims of domestic violence in Japan check out this report in April this year from Al Jazeera's Tony Birtley reports from Tokyo on the women who are speaking out about the problem.

    Although the report is well done well researched it seems to imply at the end that nothing is going to chance for a long time about the problem of domestic violence in Japan.

    Here, as in any other country in the world historically, there has been domestic violence in all types of societies, not in the least of course in societies and cultures that have taken a sexist ('paternalistic') view that women were not as equal as men and could be beaten and suffer abuse at the hands of their husbands.

    Now, thanks to the work of volunteer women's groups and activist lawyers in Japan who have worked hard against this problem of violence against women and children in their homes, the Japanese government enacted the Act on the Prevention of Spousal Violence and the Protection of Victims in 2001. This was the first official recognition by Japanese politicians and law makers in Japanese history that domestic violence is in fact a crime. As a first step it was an important recognition of the widespread problem of spousal violence against women in Japanese homes throughout Japan. However there was considerable criticism that the low financial fines on Japanese husbands who attack their wives and the limit of only 1 month long restraining orders on men who abused their wives and children did not go far enough to provide Japanese women with a credible degree of legal protection and safety from further violent attacks. The law was revised to some extent in 2004 but still met with criticism as not going far enough to protect the victims of domestic and also for not focusing on the men who are being violent toward their wives and children:

    Amendments to the Domestic Violence Prevention Act were passed and became law in July 2007 but did not receive so much attention in the media as would have been desirable:

    However more and more Japanese women are taking action in Japan and, like the women featured in the video above, are no longer to suffer without protest former generations have had to do without any effective legal protection. The following links are to articles on domestic violence and National Police Agency reports that have appeared in the media this year that show that modern Japanese women in 21st century Japan are standing up against violent husbands and using the existing laws to protect themselves and their children:

    These brave women need and deserve stronger and even more effective legal protection for themselves and the children they are trying to protect from their own fathers hands. There needs also to be considerable public and national political will focused on providing Japanese wives and partners with safe emergency residences and legally protected abuse shelters. I think it is also of vital importance that serious decisions to provide and implement official funding to ensure that refuge and protection to all women who are suffering domestic violence of all forms.

    Andrew Grimes
    Tokyo Counseling Services

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:31 10/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    My favourite poster still seems to be up on the Shinakansen platforms of Kyoto station. It depicts a schoolgirl, policewoman and policeman in an illustrated style. It's warning people not to take pictures of schoolgirls with their phones, but the best part is that the policewoman is just standing there looking pissed, whilst the policeman is speeding quickly towards the viewer holding the phone.

    Sure, police are gender-friendly, but it's the men who do all the work still, yeah? Apparently so.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:45 20/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    shut your trap You Feminazi

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:37 08/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The illustration is to illustrate the problem...

    I mean really, if you had to come home to that expression every night, you'd try and slap it off her face too.

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    Comment by takuya13
    06:47 08/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    she's got that face coz she's not in the kitchen!

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    Comment by Chris
    05:58 08/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0) claims 10.8% of married women are victims of “domestic violence,” but the results are based solely on a survey of women, with traditional and highly reprehensible “physical violence” lumped in together with the exceedingly ambiguous “psychological attacks” and “sexual demands.”

    Abused women would be many times more likely to do the survey then unabused women. That, including the vague naming for these other supposedly related 'types of domestic violence', and I'm actually surprised that the figure was only 10.8%

    If anything, this tells me DV must be quite low indeed.

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    Comment by SegataSanshiro
    00:28 08/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    09:46 20/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i stopped to laugh at them.

    silly misandry women .

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    Comment by Chris
    05:59 08/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    23:10 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    あーあと自民党が児童ポルノ法の成立に躍起になってるのは、主に北朝鮮系のUnderground moneyを潰す為。北朝鮮と

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    Comment by andrewtokyojapan
    08:58 08/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Domestic Violence against women is a major social problem in Japan. There is an article from the Japan Times, 7th November 2009, on the subject that is worth taking a look called "Speaking out about Domestic Violence":

    A Cabinet Office survey released this year found that a quarter of all married women in Japan have experienced physical violence, and one in three has suffered verbal and psychological abuse.

    Police handled 25,210 cases of domestic violence last year, up by 20 percent from 2007 and the largest number since surveys began in 2002. Activists say those statistics, and the 77 domestic homicides reported in 2008, are an underestimate.

    "The issue is hidden because many women are too frightened or ashamed to speak out," explained Fumi Suzuki, a lawyer and director of the Chiba-based Allies Law Office, which gives legal advice to battered wives. "Partly because of that, spousal abuse has a very low profile in Japan."

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:44 20/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is plot for hentai.

    until some random guy

    " kill it with fire "

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:48 08/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ... yeah, I have to agree.

    Knowing Japan's conservative nature of "minding their own business" and "keeping to themselves", there is indeed a high chance that more serious cases of DV goes unreported regardless of whether the husband or wife is at fault (in the case of the latter, an example case is when the wife has backup from friends as seen in the LovePlus example when they did searches on the ones they suspect. It would not be surprising if threats were made this way too).

    Heck, even for locals, something as trivial as asking for directions is troublesome; I found myself ignored several times just asking for the nearest train station in Tokyo (the general public in Oosaka and Kyoto is much, much nicer, thankfully).

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    Comment by minakichan
    02:00 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey man, you don't know that the stats are made up. Perhaps they are, perhaps they aren't, and 10.8% isn't that high anyway; not high enough to be suspect. Anecdotally, I'd say it's lower than I expected.

    Incidentally, men also get abused. Heck, it's close to 5% in the United States-- and that's of victims who actually bring it to light, so the actual value is likely quite higher, given that men are less likely to admit being victims. Why on Earth would Japan having a 10.8% DV rate be unbelievable to you?

    It's a nice illustration though.

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    Comment by 13k
    02:08 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, don't be mistaken yourself. 10.8% _is_ the actual stats of women reporting of DV. It's just ambiguous in a way, because it considers psychological acts and sexual demands as DV too, not just physical violence.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:04 08/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    >sexual demands
    rape is also a form of abuse, you dumb fuck.
    my father raped my mother. you could hear her telling him "no, don't" through the walls and him saying "shut up" at night. she would be covered in bruises. he beat her and his children and threatened to kill us at least once a week. they're still married and they've been together for over 30 years. she's never admitted it or told anyone about it. the one time she was confronted about it by my sister, she just said "don't ever tell any of your siblings;" her expression was panicked. but most of us know about it.

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    Comment by Fonzer
    02:43 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i must question those psychological attacks,not all.
    Do they think it's a psychological attack when they are being ignorant and don't say that they are wrong.
    Then the man says something back(like parents would),this is mostly if he cares for her and all and she doesn't show any thanks or just being selfish(child).

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:32 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Garbage-in, garbage-out.

    The questionable parts are not the statistics obtained, but the individual responses which make up this value (i.e. the women themselves).

    02:16 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eila Ilmatar Juutilanen.., is that you?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:30 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If Eila is against domestic violence I am against domestic violence.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:45 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by 13k
    02:21 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eila: "Stop looking at Sanya like that!!!"

    I love that scene :P

    14:13 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Here's some [] therapies [] .. :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:11 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stopping real violence with manga, sure thats better than stopping manga violence.

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    Comment by pluki7
    01:37 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    the expression surely grabs my attention...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:38 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd hit it.

    A lot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:55 20/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i'd hit it with a
    Flamethrower in her face.


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    Comment by Mikorio
    01:37 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The manga picture is probably because no woman in Japan would actually stand up and model for this poster as the government probably wanted some beat up housewife photo.

    It takes the guro out and makes it much simpler, and I feel it's more compelling.

    Though I have to say, such a campaign would be much more useful in Africa. Judging from Sankaku's previous reports on herbivorous men and powerful pocket-money-pinching wives, I say the figures might be a bit exagerrated.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:49 20/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    still it's hard to understand why women
    in Japan are loving guro stuff.

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    Comment by 13k
    01:49 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The manga picture? Maybe someone in the cabinet has a thing for tsundere.

    At least that was the first thought that occurred to my mind, with that picture, and the words 'domestic violence'.

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    Comment by Rethardus
    01:29 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well it makes sense that it's only asked by women, I mean, the ones who did it wouldn't admit it, or they wouldn't consider it violence.

    Nevertheless, women tend to be more sensible for this stuff, so the facts may be a bit warped.

    Ten out of a hundred of women get beat.
    Seems reasonable for me, because 10 violent men out of 100 is quite logical.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:37 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, actually I've heard of the recent studies that women actually seem to be more commonly the offensive party, however, it is commonly overlooked, for the men do not see the women as much as a threat, and in the cases they are seen as a threat, the men are actully more reluctant to bring this forth, in a fear of being labeled "sissy".

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:28 08/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's because humans are hardwired to feel less pain when the offender is a female, rather than a male. Test after test has shown this.

    We just filter out or at least, filter down the violence that women do. Even though studies show that women are much more violent than men, and most women start the domestic violence, it is the man we punish, because of that inbuilt bias filter.

    Of course, most of the world feels that it is proper for men to beat women and keep them in their place. Heck, outside of the US and Canada, it is still rather accepted behavior in the western world. Women get uppity, they disrespect you by hitting you, knifing you, or insulting you in front of others, you beat her ass. If you feel bad about beating her down, then you roll her over and rape her. Only in the US and Canada do we have a strong custom of defending her and taking her side, but the "equal rights" movement has been putting an end to that. You treat her like any man that hits you, insults you, or tries to knife you. So even in America, social expectations and behavior towards women are returning to "world norms".

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:50 20/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    F**k you .

    You misandry woman .

    Comment by Busy
    01:50 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are more offensive but they don't really hurt you. Females will faster give you a little slap in the face when they are mad but that can't be really called violence...

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    Comment by 13k
    01:57 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    they might blow up your balls though, if you're not careful

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:29 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just like how restraining her hands with enough force to leave a mark can't be called violence. If they're not thrashing to get free so hard then the holder wouldn't need to use that much force to restrain them.

    Also the new politically correct word (and somewhat negative and thus offensive) for sissy is herbivorous.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:49 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If I remember correctly there was a study in germany stating that 25% of women had experienced violence in a relationship ( can't remember if it was purely physical violence, but with those numbers, I doubt it), and 23% of the men.

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    Comment by Miroku74
    07:05 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder how many Japanese men report getting the shit beaten out of them by their wives? Or report emotional or verbal abuse? o_O

    Considering the whole value placed on saving face there, I'd say probably not a lot. Less than the women obviously.

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    Comment by anou
    01:35 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Well it makes sense that it's only asked by women, I mean, the ones who did it wouldn't admit it, or they wouldn't consider it violence."

    ->As hard as it could be to heard ,but there's also men victims of “domestic violence”.

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    Comment by Robocop
    06:37 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i am a male and have been the victim of domestic violence. my ex used to beat me up everyday, finally i decided i'd had enough and moved 2hrs away from her just to know i was safe. as a result of this and other contributing factors i have been single ever since...

    13:05 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, don't you guys watched the Robocop 2nd movie? He got gangraped by a group of people including one shota in that one..

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:08 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And now we know why domestic violence against males is underreported.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:19 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You just ruined my childhood hero, you wimp!

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    Comment by Duolis
    12:29 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Accept it. Every hero has their ordinary life's secret.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:51 20/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    F**k you.
    Misandry women are good to burn.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:30 08/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    you have no proof of this, where's that stats?

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    Comment by TNinja
    07:02 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I though Robocop had a ball of steel. :V

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    Comment by Rethardus
    06:49 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What the hell?
    You need to grow some balls dude.
    Or are you messing with us?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:46 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's no real basis for such 1:1 correlation. One men could have a violent behaviour with multiple women/mistresses/...
    And the reported percentage is only the part of woman who reported these attacks. Given the threat that can pose the reported actions ("Tell this to anyone and you're dead !"), it's probable that that the percentage can be superior, if the initial one was right.

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    Comment by Panik
    01:45 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I didn't think people got married in Japan anymore.

    Comment by Busy
    01:51 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only the young generations but there are way more old people then young ones existing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:58 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Quote by Rethardus:
    "Well it makes sense that it's only asked by women, I mean, the ones who did it wouldn't admit it, or they wouldn't consider it violence."

    I'm slightly confused as to what you're insinuating here. Are you saying it makes sense that only women were asked because you believe that males are the only ones capable of committing domestic abuse? The last time I checked that wasn't the case. Please correct me if I'm wrong on this one.

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    Comment by marids
    08:13 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    no i think it meant you'd ask WOMEN for the percentage of WOMEN getting the domestic violence. cuz i think the males would be less honest or doesn't consider some of the things he did as violence

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:44 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Quote by marids "no i think it meant you'd ask WOMEN for the percentage of WOMEN getting the domestic violence. cuz i think the males would be less honest or doesn't consider some of the things he did as violence"

    He is asking if WOMEN are the only victims. Not saying men won't report their crimes, but women would be the same way...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:54 20/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    who the hell wants ?
    who the hell wants to ask women
    about that ?

    just eat your stupid Carnivorous stuff
    away from me.

    you Braindead Misandry Women .

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:10 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This site bases some assumptions on surveys with a certain targeted demogrphic...

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    Comment by onitake
    04:43 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    being a violent person doesn't mean you direct that violence towards your partner. it can also be used to overprotect her/him.

    and the problem with perspective here is what you can expect from the partner. even if you yourself are not very susceptible to violence, it doesn't neccessarily mean the partner sees it the same way.
    it also depends greatly on your relationship: if you are on good terms with someone, you can pack way more beating from them than from someone you don't know/like.

    it does make a lot of sense to include psychological and sexual abuse here, as they cause much more permanent damage than physical.

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