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Sexual Harassment Issues and Language Education in Japan
Ritsumeikan University, Japan
The recent “Me Too” campaign has raised awareness of sexual harassment as an insidious and prevalent social problem. A recent General Union survey shows that many language educators in Japan have been affected, and many dimensions of the issue are not fully understood. Research indicates that a culture of silence around sexual misconduct impoverishes learning experiences for students in toxic environments, and blights careers for language instructors. This presentation explores these issues, outlines various prevention policies, and reports on a pilot study with university students to raise awareness of the seriousness and the prevalence of sexual harassment.