The 14th Japan Men’s Conference

Guys, are you OK?

Unmarried, married and divorced = A man’s tragedy? –

Divorce rates are up and the number of non-married people is increasing. The painful reality of child deprivation, abduction, and parent-child separation over divorce cannot be overlooked anymore. The government has begun to say it will consider joint custody after divorce, but the issue is not easy. There are no signs of an end to the family problems, even after the enactment of the Domestic Violence Prevention Act and the Child Abuse Prevention Act, and support for men has not progressed at all while the limits and contradictions of support for women are also being discussed. Twenty years after the discourse of “From Manhood to Selfhood,” I would like to discuss true male freedom.

In order to create a society and family where men and women are not in conflict with each other, but truly equal, and where each person’s individuality is respected, we would like to have a place for dialogue and empathy where women and men can talk about the laws and systems surrounding the family and deepen their mutual understanding. So far, we have held thirteen meetings in which men and women have talked with each other as individuals with their own family issues. This year we would like to hold a meeting in Osaka for the people who are involved in the issue.

Date and Time: Saturday, November 7, 2020, 9:30 am to 8:30 pm

Place: Dawn Center, Tenmabashi, Osaka (1-3-49, Otemae, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Osaka)

Fee: 1,500 yen


9:15am Opening reception

9:30am – 11:30am Keynote Speech: Yoko Fukao “Masculinity and the Future of Identity”

12:30pm – 3:00pm Panel Talk “Missing something something? WHY!”

Yoko Fukao, Yoshinori Sato, Miyuki Miyuki

Moderator Michiaki ‘Mich’ Ajisawa (Founder of JAFAREC, Men’s Counselor)

3:20pm – 5:20pm Panel Talk II: “It’s hard to support women, isn’t it?

Miyuki, Himawari, Yumi, Michiaki ‘Mich’ Ajisawa

6:20pm – 7:30pm Breakout Session 1 “Toughness for Moms Nowadays” Miyuki, & others

Breakout Session 2 “Men’s Consultations, but…” Kawashima, & others

7:40pm ~ 8:40pm Social gathering

Anyone, male or female, and children are welcome to participate. However, no childcare is provided, so please take your own safety into consideration.

Sponsored by the Men’s Counseling Association

Co-sponsored by Japan Family Rebirth Center (JAFAREC), Kyoto

For registration and inquiries, please contact us

Originally posted on October 7, 2020

English text translated with DeepL (Japanese to English) and checked by Mina.

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