A Ticket to Japan

South East Asia and the Pacific, Why Women Count

japan1Virgie Ishihara used to be a hostess in a Tokyo nightclub. Like many others, she took advantage of the Japanese government’s offer to grant ‘entertainment visas’ to Filipino women wanting to work as professional singers and dancers in Japan. In reality many of these women ended up working as hostesses – entertaining male customers in nightclubs, forced to work as prostitutes, or in abusive marriages to Japanese men. In 2000, Virgie Ishihara founded the ‘Filipino Migrant Centre’ which helps educate Filipino women about their legal rights and how to protect themselves.

Production: Group Gendai Film Company Limited (Japanese only)

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A Ticket to Japan
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