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Handai-Asahi Nakanoshima Juku: "The reality of the giant-water-bug-like women sucking Japanese men dry -- Why do they fail in acquiring true happiness?"

2013-11-2 (Sat) 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Handai-Asahi Nakanoshima Juku offers courses produced and sponsored by Osaka University and Asahi Culture Center. The Handai-Asahi Nakanoshima Juku was established at the time [Osaka University's] Nakanoshima Center was built in 2004.

These courses share results of research conducted at Osaka University with the general public in an easy-to-understand format. In these lectures, leading lecturers give presentations on topics in culture, art, history, science, technology, health care, as well as seasonal and current topics.

Date & Time: Saturday, November 2, 2013 -- 2:00 ~ 3:30 p.m.

Lecturer: FUKAO Yoko, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University

Tuition fee: ¥1,575

What is the "facade of happiness" that curses families of salaried workers? Although Japanese today enjoy a relatively high standard of living, their average "level of happiness" is rather low.

Some women, whom the lecturer likens to giant water bugs, determine early on to capture a man capable of providing them with the commonly recognized "ingredients" for happiness: a stable income, a house, overseas travel... Determined to achieve such happiness, such a woman limits her husband to a monthly allowance of 10,000 yen, exploits his salary, their connections, telling him again and again they are a happy family. Eventually bereft of the power to think for himself, such a husband, an accessory to his wife, becomes like a frog being sucked dry by a giant water bug. Ironically, however, such giant-water-bug-like-women themselves find themselves trapped in a dog-eat-dog hell of having to keep up with the Joneses.

How is it that men and women today both get so caught up in such a stifling, suffocating atmosphere? Join us in thinking about how we can free ourselves from this mental prison, from thinking "Women's happiness lies in this one single direction."?

To make application, go to the Asahi Culture Center website.

Date: 2013-11-2 (Sat) 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Organizer: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University; Asahi Culture Center
Venue: Nakanoshima Center, Osaka University
Registration: Registration online is necessary.
URL: http://21c-kaitokudo.osaka-u.ac.jp/handai-asahi
Contact: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University
info@21c-kaitokudo.osaka-u.ac.jp

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