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Women's March Tokyo calls for end to gender discrimination, violence

Women's March Tokyo participants chant slogans calling for a society without gender discrimination and violence, in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on March 8, 2019. (Mainichi/Yoshiya Goto)

TOKYO -- Participants in the Women's March Tokyo on March 8 -- International Women's Day -- called for a society without gender discrimination and violence.

Around 450 people marched along an about 3.2-kilometer route that included the popular Omotesando boulevard and the Shibuya entertainment district.

Participants chanted slogans including, "Stop wage discrimination against women," and "Allow women to enter sumo rings" and held up placards.

The march follows a year that has seen a number of prominent cases of sexual harassment and discrimination against women, including revelations of anti-female bias in medical school entrance exam evaluations and sexual harassment of a female journalist by a high-ranking bureaucrat.

Sumire Hamada, 34, a member of the event's organizing committee, underscores the need for women to speak out against discrimination and harassment.

"Incidents in which men molest women on trains happen every day. We want to speak out against many incidents of discrimination against women in Japan," she said.

(Japanese original by Yoshiya Goto, Photo Group)

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