Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Every husband a potential 'abuser' | The Japan Times Online

"The problem is that Japanese courts and other governmental agencies appear to deal with domestic violence by applying two simple rules of thumb: that domestic violence is only committed by men against women and children, and that almost any conduct (by men) constitutes domestic violence."

In New Zealand a vindictive and venegful woman can ring police and state domestic violence is occuring and the father of the children will be in jail by lunchtime. The gender bias system does not need any proof or evidence as it's taken for granted by the feminazi police that all men are rapists. No wonder boys lack self esteem in our schools.

Every husband a potential 'abuser' | The Japan Times Online

1 comment:

東京カウンセリングサービス said...

Worldwide and in Japan the vast majority of the victims of domestic violence are women and children. The following article from the Japan TImes puts forward a lot of unproven and false assertions that this is no so and implies that women in Japan are manipulating Domestic Violence Law to abduct their own children.

"The problem is that Japanese courts and other governmental agencies appear to deal with domestic violence by applying two simple rules of thumb: that domestic violence is only committed by men against women and children, and that almost any conduct (by men) constitutes domestic violence." Japan Times

This is simply not true and my experience as a mental health care professional of over 20 years in Japan shows me that there is even greater need for stronger and better protection of women in abusive relationships. The following links to media reports and articles over the last year or so supports this view:

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.

http://www.mefeedia.com/entry/japanese-women-hit-back-at-domestic-abuse-25-apr-09/17189639

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:

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20041204f2.html

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

http://tokyocounseling.com/english/

http://tokyocounseling.com/jp/

http://counselingjapan.com/