Voices from the Japanese Women's Movement

Voices from the Japanese Women's Movement

Voices from the Japanese Women's Movement

Voices from the Japanese Women's Movement

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This book can be seen, in one sense, to be the third in a series of publications concerning the issues confronting Japanese women. The first was published in 1975, titled Japanese Women Speak Out. The second, a special issue of AMPO, appeared in 1986. And the third, whose articles make up the bulk of the present volume, was published as a special issue of AMPO in 1995. AMPO, an English- language quarterly magazine, has been produced since 1969 by the Pacific Asia Resource Center (PARC), a Tokyo-based citizens' group (or non-governmental organization). All three of these volumes can be seen as both reflections of the situation of women in Japan during the periods in which they were published, but simultaneously as demonstrating the more general situation of the women's movement internationally.

The purpose of AMPO has long been to act as a channel for Japanese people's voices, and to present alternative analyses of Japan and Asia. The foundation of the magazine in 1969 was part of the Japanese people's movement, and specifically at that time, part of the struggle against the Vietnam War. The focus of the magazine in its first decade was mostly the war, along with the rising opposition in Japan to megadevelopment projects and industrial pollution. Later its writers began to focus on the movements for democracy in Asian countries as represented, for example, by . . .

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