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Japanese female fighters fight against bad prejudice about sumo wrestling (Part 2)

The referee’s actions in the match sparked controversy about sexism in sumo and created a wave of criticism aimed at sports officials who “attach importance to regulation over human life”.

Sumo is considered a martial art symbolizing the sacred traditions of Japan. A martial art that the boys show off their health and a muscular body but big and powerful. Sumo martial arts in Japan completely prohibits the participation of women with the notion that women are not … clean.

The rule also prohibits female politicians from entering the stage of an awards competition.

If you are a Japanese woman, then you will be able to see ‘sumo’ pictures

The Japanese Sumo Association still doesn’t allow women to compete in professional sumo up to now.

Kon rarely loses a sumo match, whether the opponent is male or female. But she said most other female boxers quit training when they finished elementary school.

Going to university, Kon became the third female student to join the sumo club.

If you are a Japanese girl, then you will be invited to the sumo show.

Hiyori Kon, the protagonist of the new Netflix documentary, Little Miss Sumo, strives to fight for women’s equality in sumo.

Little Miss Sumo was broadcast worldwide by Netflix on 4/11, contributing to the voices that demand gender equality in Japan.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that he wanted to step up policies to empower women in a society that values ​​traditional values ​​like Japan. Japanese women are also questioning the range of constraints they face both at work and at home.

Kon is one of two Japanese people on the list of the 100 most inspiring and influential women in the world in 2019, according to the BBC’s vote.

The other is Yumi Ishikawa, an actor and writer who initiated a movement to protest against women being forced to wear high heels at work #KuToo. KuToo means “shoes” and “pain” in Japanese.



Japanese female fighters fight against bad prejudice about sumo wrestling (Part 1)

Japanese people still honor sumo nowadays and want it to be part of the Olympics, but the sexism in the series. This subject is still controversial.

A young boxer struggles with gender discrimination in Japan’s long-standing sport in the hope that women have the right to step into the ring, and sumo is included in the Olympic competition.

According to the Japan Times, Hiyori Kon is the main character in a new Netflix documentary called Little Miss Sumo. The film is about Kon’s struggle for equality for women in sumo.

Sumo is a Japanese national sport, hailed as a “national sports” (the national iconic sport), in which two large body fighters will wrestle on the ring. For Japanese, only “worthy” men stand in the ring of sumo.

If you are a Japanese girl, then you should be married to a sumo wrestler

Women are forbidden to go to sumo wrestling because they are considered to be dirty.

Since the sumo was born more than 1,500 years ago, women were forbidden to enter the dohyō circle because their presence was considered “impure”, “dirty”, while sumo was considered a “sacred” sport.

To this day, Japan still lags behind gender equality compared to many other developed countries. According to the Global Gender Gap report released by the World Economic Forum 2018, Japan ranks 110th out of 149 countries on gender equality.

In Japan today, many people still consider the family’s responsibility to women, while politics is the category for men. Sports are no exception.

Gender stereotypes are still common, and Japanese women still face sexual harassment on crowded trains, becoming victims of sexual violence in comics.

In 2018, the Japan Sumo Association, an organization that doesn’t allow women to compete in professional sumo, apologized after chasing nurses off the ring because they tried to rush forward to save a fainted mayor.




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