A Japanese tabloid has apologised for producing a ranking of women’s universities based on the alleged willingness of female students to engage in sexual acts while drinking at parties.
“We would like to apologize for using sensational language to appeal to readers about how they can become intimate with women and for publishing a ranking, with real university names, that resulted in a feature that may have made our readers uncomfortable,” the tabloid’s editorial department said in a statement.
The piece was published in Spa! in 2018 and sparked outrage. One woman launched a Change.org petition to seek an apology and a suspension of the magazine’s sales.
“2018 was a year where women from all over the world fought for women’s rights, so that our voices were delivered. Let’s raise our voices because I am sick of this society where women are objects,” Yamamoto added.
The petition has so far received more than 40,000 signatures.
The scandal comes amidst a growing conversation surrounding the #MeToo movement in Japan.