ICJS Event: Minority Youth Empowerment and Social Movement Forum

Saturday, October 17th, 2009
1:00 p.m. - 5:00p.m.
TUJ Mita Hall 502/503 (Access)
4-1-27 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0073
Open to general public.
Japanese with summaries in English.
Registration closed


The forum aims to provide an open space to build communication and understanding within minorities, as well as between minorities and non-minorities. Specifically, the forum aims to:

  • open a dialogue between young minority individuals or groups that are involved in minority issues
  • share and build visions regarding the empowerment of minority youth in Japan
  • examine the directions of social movements taken by youth minority groups
  • discuss future directions for youth minority social movements within the Japanese context

Speakers from Burakumin, Zainichi Koreans, and Sexual Minorities will share their positions and activities regarding empowerment and social movements. Although the forum will be in Japanese, English translation will be provided and participants may ask questions in English.


1:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Maya Mori (Tengawa Youth Meeting)
Hisabetsu Buraku at Present
Yugo Tomonaga (Sokendai, School of Cultural and Social Studies)
Buraku Liberation Movement and the United Nations
Aki Son-Katada (Kyoto University, Faculty of Literature)
The Present Circumstances of "Discrimination" and "Identity" in Job Hunting of Third Generation Zainichi Korean Students
2:20 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
10-minute break
2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Shoko Usami (Co-founder of the Aomori Sexual Minorities Association)
Living as Sexual Minorities in this Long Archipelago - Unique Perspectives We Can Offer
Kaito Akechi (Civil rights activist, Forum Aquarius)
Overcoming Bullying, Drop-out and Suicide Attempts
Azusa Yamashita (Citizens' Council for Human Rights Japan)
LGBTs in Japan now - through shadow reporting experiences to the UN
3:50 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
10-minute break
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wrap up and Future Directions

For further information about the forum, please contact Dr. Tin Tin Htun,Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) (htun@tuj.ac.jp) or the Institute of Contemporary Japanese studies (ICJS) at TUJ (Contact us).

About ICJS
The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.