Ainu (アイヌ)

Utari Association (北海道ウタリ協会)is an organization of and by the Ainu people who live in Hokkaido Japan. It states its goal as the betterment of social status and the preservation and development of the culture of the Ainu, and to recover the dignity of the Ainu nation.

References of Ainu Nation is a website that presents basic facts and history of the Ainu nation. For instance, it has the draft of a bill proposed by the Utari Association in 1984: the Japanese state has to acknowledge the basic fact that in Japan there exists an Ainu nation that holds different culture and language from those of Japanese; it has to protect the autonomy of the Ainu nation.

The Foundation for research and promotion of Ainu Culture works toward the realization of a society where the pride of the Ainu people as an ethnic group is respected.
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The Society for realizing a conversation between Ainu people and Japanese people on the equal basis problematizes the construction of a dam that submerged a sacred place for the Ainu people. It protests Japan's total indifference to the existence and autonomy of Ainu.

Ainu PuyerA is a bilingual site for declaring Ainu's independence. It has various references of Ainu culture/struggle, including the chronology of Ainu nation and an introduction of Ainu language.

Pirika [national] Committee protests the negotiation between Japan and Russia about the belongings of Northern Islands without having the Ainu nation involved.

Ainu Neno An Charanke (アイヌ ネノ アン チャランケ)means “humane conversation.” This is the organ of Pirika Committee.


The Ainu Museum
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Nibutani Dam (二風谷ダム問題)protests the dam built in the Ainu people's historically important site.

Ten Years of Aborigines News (先住民族の十年ニュース)is a magazine that situates the Ainu in the broader context of aborigines of the world. It introduces examples of their struggles.


Support the Demands of Chinese Victims of Japan's War. (中国人戦争被害者の要求を支える会)
As is well known, imperialist Japan committed various atrocities against the Chinese people: massacre, rape, abduction of workers and comfort women, incidents of poison gas, and so on. This website is made by the organization that supports these victims; it reports the facts as well as the on-going lawsuits against the crimes.

A Statement of Chinese Youth Organization in Japan (華青闘). This is a statement of the organization of young resident Chinese from July 7th 1970 (on the 33-year anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge Affair): “For the Recovery of the Nation's Spirit by way of Fighting against the Immigration Law.” It criticizes Japanese New Lefts who utilized the issue of the immigration law for resident foreigners (Korean and Chinese in particular) for their own goals. It was an historically important moment that, for the first time, the voice of the non-Japanese left intervened as a serious critique of Japanese lefts. This is included in the website of Politics/Economy Research Group of Kyoto University. (京都大学政治経済研究会) (

Buraku (部落)

Buraku is a generic term for the communities that are historically discriminated against. There are many doctrines about the historical origins of the discrimination, but none can explain it satisfactorily.

The Headquarters of Buraku Liberation League (部落解放同盟中央本部)is deemed one of the central organizations that has been fighting for Buraku people (buraku-in). The English page explains Buraku history and situations quite thoroughly.

Liberation News (解放新聞)is the organ of Buraku Liberation League.


About Sayama Trial (狭山事件)is the website exclusively about Sayama Affair, where an innocent person was falsely accused of murdering a high school girl in 1963. This accusation was evidently related to his status of belonging to a Buraku community.

The National Association of Buraku Liberation league (部落解放同盟全国連)was organized in 1992 by those who were critical of Buraku Liberation League. Some of the members came from the latter. This group seeks to situate Buraku issues in a broader context of the world situation.

Buraku Liberation News (部落解放新聞) is the organ of The National Association of Buraku Liberation league.

Buraku Liberation Struggle (部落解放闘争) is the theoretical magazine of the group.

Homepage for the Education about Discrimination Issues (同和教育)

Michikusa (みちくさ)is a web magazine of the Buraku Research Group of Osaka University; it deals with the issues of Buraku as well as human rights in general.

Buraku Liberation Library (リブラ)is intended to be a library open to all the citizens who wish for liberation of Buraku. It is a large database of Buraku's history and on-going affairs.

Buraku Liberation and Human Rights Institute

Zainichi - Resident Koreans

The history of resident Koreans in Japan is the history of Japanese imperialism. Thus the status of their lives today is always discussed in relation to the past. The Japanese government has not acknowledged its crimes in the full sense, and has not begun to offer sufficient compensation for the victims. There have also been issues around discrimination of Koreans by Japanese.

Zainichi Culture focuses on the culture of resident Koreans in Japan. It has three languages (Korean, Japanese, and English). It features various issues around their status.

Zainichi Mailing List is the site where anyone can participate in discussions about the minority status of Zainichi.

Half Moon Report(半月城通信)is the site about the comfort women. (See the section of the comfort women below.)

Korean BC Class War Criminals (English pages exist)
It begins: “Do you know...
That there were some Korean youths who were prosecuted
as Japanese soldiers in the tribunals for war crimes,
And they have not received any apology or compensation from the Japanese government?”

Mindan is the homepage of resident South Koreans. It has Korean and Japanese.

Chosen Soren--All Resident Koreans Association (朝鮮総連)is the biggest organization of North Koreans residing in Japan. It has Korean and Japanese.

Mentally Disabled and
Physically Disabled

Japan National Group of Mentally Disabled People
It says: “We consist of mental disease patients living across the nation. We are the only organization that is truly fighting against the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare, evil mental hospitals, evil psychiatrists, discriminators against mental disease patients.”

Zen-sei-ren (全精連) All Japan Association of Mentally Disabled people is associated with JCP.

Anti-Zen-sei-ren, Radical Patients' Groups

Heaven and Earth, The Patients Fight Back (天上天下、病者反撃)includes personal reports by the members of several patients' groups. These organizations are all run by and for the patients for their mutual support and survival; they share horrendous experiences in the conventional institutions of psychiatric treatments, which they are politically and existentially opposed to. It is published in Tokyo: Shakai-hyoron-sha in 1995.

Psychotics Group Gokai (精神病者グループごかい)is one of the groups included in the above book. The members seek to unite and survive, opposing the power of the Ministry of Welfare, Psychiatric Society, and mental hospitals. They say: “although being mentally ill itself is already anti-social, we are fighting as a group of militant patients.”

Zenshin Tomonokai - Marching Friends calls itself “the movement of creeping psychotics.” Like Gokai, it is also a militant movement, protesting the discrimination and maltreatment of mentally disabled people. This group is also in the above book.

Shinmatsubashi-tei Dojin (新松橋亭同人)is a group of mentally disabled people who gather for association and friendship in downtown Tokyo. Including this, the three are common in being anti-Zen-sei-ren.

Crazy Cats is a workshop for people who came out from mental hospitals and seek to return to working life. It is located in Setagaya Ward in Tokyo.

The Struggle against the Illegal Firing of Mr. Takami (高見闘争)is a site about discrimination in the work place against mentally disabled people.

Mito Affair (水戸事件)is a case of abuse against retarded workers by the president of a company that fabricates cardboard boxes in Mito City, Ibaragi Prefecture. He also raped 10 female workers. But the government organizations did not listen to the claims of the victims because of their being mentally disabled. This took place in the mid 90s. The website is a support group for the victims.

The Special Issue of Monthly Mental Disease News (月刊精神病新聞増刊)--is a private magazine by Eriko Kobayashi, who is a self-claimed psychotic and attempted suicide twice. She interviews people with mental problems, and analyzes mental illnesses. The magazine also includes poetry, cartoons, and cultural analyses: fashion, urbanism, etc.

Researches about the Issues of Being Unpopular to Other Sexes (モテない問題を考える会通信)--This is not about mental and physical problems, but it considers the issue of being sexually ‘unpopular' very seriously. It has a lot of confessions about sexual problems, so-called abnormal sexual behaviors, as well as film and movie reviews.


Physical Diability

Theatre Taihen (劇団態変)is a theater group of physically impaired people. The director, Manri Kim, believes that the disability of the body itself can be an expressive power and create unprecedented beauty. 13 actors are all physically disabled, 9 of who need wheelchairs and constant care.


History of Japanese Women's Lib, I, II, III (資料日本ウーマンリブ史1-3)is a three volume series, edited by Akiyo Mizoguchi, Yoko Saeki, and Soko Miki, that covers Japan's women's liberation movement from 1969 to 1982. With rich documents and references, the series situates the women's movements in a broader context: Japan's social changes, Japan's leftist movements, and Asian women's situations. It is published from Kyoto: Women's Bookstore, Shokado.

Shadow Workers Report (シャドウワーカー通信)--the title certainly came from Ivan Illich's concept. The radical and theoretical feminist magazine pursues feminism often in relation with Marxist thoughts (i.e., Rosa Luxemburg).

Women's Online Project. The English page provides information about the contemporary legal/social environment surrounding Japanese women.

Campus Sexual Harassment National Network

Myriel is a website for gender theory and feminism.

Asia-Japan Women's Resource Center deals with women's issues in the whole of Asia. It also protests war (the US invasion of Iraq that is about to happen) as well as jingoism (observed in Burma today).
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Anti-Pornography and Prostitution says:
In order to stop the harms of pornography and prostitution, APP-JP works on the activities as follows:
(1) to cooperate with counselors or lawyers to build a network to support the victims of pornography and prostitution;
(2) to investigate into the harms to make an appeal to our society through publications, forums, etc, and to change people's consciousness, social institutions, and laws.

Lesbian and Gay

Hokkaido Association of Sexual Minorities is a group that fights against discrimination and prejudice against sexual minorities. It was augmented in 1989.

Gay Front Kansai (G-Front関西) forms a movement. It involves various activities: political, educational, and cultural.

Rainbow Net
This site shows the pictures from the Gay and Lesbian Parade that took place on September 8th 2002.

Woman & Woman is “Japanese only, ladies only.”

RST/ALN (レ組通信)is an organization of lesbians for their liberation from old conventions of Japanese society. It seeks to combine the issues of lesbian and women's liberation. It has an event space, webpage, and the magazine.

Sukotan Project is a website for both Gay and Lesbian.


Bisexual is a site for those who are having a hard time accepting his/her preference of both sexes.

Anize is a magazine for lesbians, bisexuals, and other sexual minorities. It includes novels, comics, and a lot of cultural references. But it deals with the issues of sex most seriously. It is published from Tokyo: Tera Shuppan.


Izumi-chan is the page of a talkshow host, activist, and essayist, Izumi Yonezawa. She is one of the editors of Cyber Action.

Trans Net Japan (TS to TG wo Sasaeru Hitobito no Kai) is a support organization for people with gender identity disorders, transsexuals and transgendered people.

Trans Sexual Forum Japan is a page for and by people with gender identity disorders. It cherishes privacy and does not intend to be a manifest of any kind.

Peer Support for Intersexuals is a site of intersexual children and their families. It advocates “self-determination of sexes.”

FTM Japan is a magazine concerning TV (transvestite), TG (transgender), TS (transsexual), and GID (gender identity disorder) in both orientations: FTM (female to male) and MTF (male to female). The texts (and comics) are by those who live these conditions.