TOKYO: On Tuesday Female journalists in Japan said they were teaming up to combat sexual harassment on media, which they believed had become widespread in a country where the #MeToo movement has been slow to take off.
An aggregate of 86 women journalists have mustered together to form the Women in Media Network Japan (WiMN) to highlight and expose harassment and abuse, said Yoshiko Hayashi, a freelancer who formerly worked at the mass-circulation Asahi Shimbun.
“Unfortunately, discrimination against women and sexual harassment still exist among the people and entities we cover,” she stated, reading a statement from the group on its establishment. “Many women in journalism felt it difficult to raise their voice out of embarrassment and fears that it would destroy the relationship with their contacts,” she added. “We were the people whose voices were unheard.”