JAPAN – Kyoto’s first International Safe Abortion Day event

The following describes the programme of an event held to mark International Safe Abortion Day 2019 in Kyoto:

“Our first event was on 27 September 2019; dozens of people gathered in Kyoto. The message our programme was that medical abortion has not been approved in Japan. Moreover, D&C, a less safe method, is still used for more than 80% of early abortions here. Abortion is deeply stigmatized in this nation, but we, some Japanese feminists, decided to take action for a better SRHR situation for women in Japan, so we joined this movement on International Safe Abortion Day worldwide. No more harassment for women who need abortions in Japan! Women deserve better, humane and dignified treatment! “

Programme:

Introduction: Ms. Minori Kitahara, Feminist writer and activist, “General information on women’s situations and abortion in Japan”

Report 1: Kumi Tsukahara, PhD, Independent researcher on Japanese abortion problems, “Abortion harassment in Japan”

Video message 1: Susanne Krejsa MacManus, Museum of Abortion and Contraception in Austria

Video message 2: Ms Kazuko Fukuda, SRHR activist, studying in Sweden, #nandenaino (Why don’t they exist in Japan?)

Report 2: Tomoko Saotome, Ob-Gyn, MD, PhD. “Stigma surrounding abortion in Japan”.

Discussion with participants

We heard that two more events were held in Tokyo on September 28.

This unofficial video recording in Japanese of the Kyoto meeting has been seen 979 times as at 13-Nov-19.