MON: #KUTOO – JAPAN’S ANSWER TO THE #METOO MOVEMENT
In a bid to ban mandatory dress codes at workplaces that force women to wear high heels, 32-year-old actor and writer Yumi Ishikawa submitted a petition with 18,856 signatures to the Japanese government. Ishikawa ignited the “#KuToo” movement on Twitter in a tweet critiquing the need to wear high heels, garnering more than 30,000 retweets and 67,000 likes. “#KuToo” is a pun upon ”kutsu” and “’kutsuu” (“shoes” and “pain” in Japanese).
4 June marked the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident in China where the government cracked down on student demonstrators. Since then, the Chinese government has kept silent about the incident. In light of the anniversary, it banned access to The Washington Post and Guardian. However, in a rare acknowledgement of the 1989 event, China’s Defence Minister said that it was the “correct policy”. Despite China’s statement, Taiwan has asked China to ‘repent’ for the way they dealt with the tragedy. In Hong Kong, 100,000 people gathered for a candlelight vigil, in what is the biggest and only commemoration of the incident allowed in China.
THURS: AFICAN’T GET RID OF THIS SWINE FEVER
The African Swine Fever has spread to China. The hemorrhagic disease has not been found to affect humans, but is otherwise economically destabilising. It is expected that this disruption in the supply of pigs will cause pork prices to increase. The disease spent the last decade infecting Europe, and its new attack on China has seen millions of pigs killed in a country with half the world’s population of pigs. The virus is known to be highly transmittable and resistant.
FRI: PM LEE’s FB POST ON VIETNAM INVASION OF CAMBODIA SPARKS OUTRAGE
In a Facebook post expressing his condolences on the passing of former Thai Prime Minister and Privy Council President, General Prem Tinsulanonda, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong praised Mr Prem’s involvement in ASEAN’s opposition to “Vietnam’s invasion of Cambodia and the Cambodian government that replaced the Khmer Rouge”. These remarks have raised objections from Cambodia and Vietnam. Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintained that it was not an invasion, but rather a widely recognised joint effort with the Cambodian people to end the Khmer Rouge genocide regime.
FRI: FROGPOCALYPSE – FROGS ARE DYING AT RECORD RATES
Scientists say that our planet is facing its sixth mass extinction event, with animal and plant species disappearing at unprecedented rates. This crisis has hit amphibians, particularly frogs the hardest. A report from the United Nations confirmed that 40% of these amphibian species are threatened.
FRI: HOMOPHOBIC ASSAULT ON LONDON BUS
Air Steward Melania Geymonat and her partner Chris were on a London night bus to Camden Town when they were attacked by five teenagers, aged 15 to 18. The teenagers harassed the couple by attempting to coerce them into kissing and assuming sexual positions. They began throwing coins and punching both women afterwards. Four out of five of the assaulters were arrested on the same day.