Japan has been at the forefront of the men’s rights movement for some time, and the activity on Wikipedia demonstrates this. The Men’s Rights article is one of the five most contested topics on Japanese language Wikipedia. Of the 100 articles with the most reverts, changes made by one editor and undone by another, 11 are grouped in the sex, gender, health & race category, according to The Economist.
Further analysis shows that Japan is less politically inclined, instead more culturally oriented than most language groups. About 26 of the 100 most controversial articles are under the film and television category, 16 are related to music, and 12 are political in nature. To put this in perspective, Wikipedia English is dominated by political controversy, with 22 of the top 100 articles in the political category and only 4 in music and 2 in film & television. Wikipedia German has 12 most-contested articles in the gender group, while Japanese has 11 and English has 10.
Wikipedia German (WG), Japanese (WJ), and English (WE) seem to discuss gender and perhaps men’s rights more often than the other languages by a significant margin. But while WE and WG seem to have very similarly proportioned controversies, WJ is very differently proportioned, and Japanese was the only language in which men’s rights was explicitly listed in the top five. I think this speaks to the difference between eastern and western culture.
WJ is much less preoccupied with politics, geography, religion, and history than WE and WG. Instead, there is much more discussion in the music and film & television categories. Because we often hear about Japan’s aging population, this seems counter-intuitive. Surely these cultural categories are indicative of a youthful population, not an aging one. This indicates to me that Japan’s youth are spending more time on the internet than the older generations, and the fact that they are frequently discussing men’s rights is encouraging.
There is also significantly less discussion about politics and religion on WJ than most languages. In fact, WJ has the least number of articles about these topics in the top 100 than any other language besides Portuguese. It’s tempting to say that a post-political and post-religious society discusses gender issues much more readily, but Wikipedia Portuguese has no gender articles in the top 100. We can infer from this that the rise of men’s rights has little relation to politics or religion. So it’s hard to say exactly what brought about a surging discussion of men’s rights in Japan, but I suspect that it is an extreme reaction to the equally extreme post-WWII definition of masculinity in Japanese culture as well as the rise of feminism (which is the trivial cause).
And that’s basically what the MRM and MGTOW have been: a reaction to women, armed by feminism, and social dogma that defines masculinity. I know the manosphere likes to discuss the political and religious aspects of men’s rights a lot, but this study suggests that those have nothing to do with the root cause for the movement. This is and always has been about sexual dimorphism, fundamental human biology. Men are finally opening their eyes to this reality of what women and society expect them to be, it just took a lot of antagonism to finally shake us awake. I’m hardly qualified to make inferences about Japanese culture, but I imagine there is some extreme misandry in Japan now for men’s rights to rise to the forefront of everyday discussion. How long is it going to take western culture to follow suit?