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Wikipedia Academy in Kobe 2011.

The main language of Japan is Japanese, while the minor and regional languages in this country are Ainu and Ryukyuan. The internet penetration in Japan is 80% or 102,063,316 people having internet connection in 2010.[1]


The Japanese Wikipedia ranked 9th out of 284 Wikipedias in the world, with 339 very active contributors and 370 active contributors in December 2011.[2][3] In the same period of time, there were 4,160 people and 1,960 women of all ages from Japan who were interested in Wikipedia.[4] In December 2011, according to Alexa, Wikipedia was ranked the 10th most popular site in the country.[5] In the period between November 2010 and October 2011, 96.2% of the traffic to Japanese Wikipedia and 7.4% of all Wikipedia traffic was from this country. [6][7] There are 3 articles about women's basketball teams in this country on French Wikipedia. There are 12 articles about women's basketball teams in this country on Japanese Wikipedia. There are 104 articles about models from this country

Wikinews, Wikibooks, Wikiversity, Wiktionary, and Other Projects

In December 2011, according to Alexa, Wikinews was ranked the 33,507th most popular site in the country.[8] A December 2011 search on English Wikinews for Women Japan found 4 articles that mentioned both words.[9] A December 2011 search on Spanish Wikinews for Japón mujeres found 25 articles that mentioned both words.[10]

Number of articles and number of visits to Wikibooks in several languages.

In December 2011, according to Alexa, Wikibooks was ranked the 2,938th most popular site in the country.[11] On Japanese Wikibooks, 117 users made at least 1 edit and 34 users made at least 5 edits. Of the eight users who can be identified by gender, all are male.[12]

On Japanese Wiktionary, 1,975 users made at least 1 edit and 643 users made at least 5 edits. 196 users explicitly set their gender on Japanese Wiktionary: 175 or 89.29% are male and 21 or 10.71% are female.[13]

Japanese women perspective to free knowledge
Women in Japan

Prior to 19th century, Japanese women were traditionally subjected to patrilineal system and taught to obey the male. Some of the traditions still apply recent days, for example the use of onnarashii (女らしい) as proper behavior for ladies speech. Japanese ladies should use polite and deferential forms of speech more frequently than men and also use grammatical feminine forms.

Feminism movement in Japan political area was started in 1919 through the establishment of women association which addressed the needs of women rights and protection. Literature plays important role in the beginning of Japanese women's self awareness, especially through women's struggle stories against traditional norm. The Women’s Suffrage Movement of Japan finally granted a right to vote in 1946 and also resulted gender equity law in 1986.

The Foundation

During the December 2011 fundraising appeal, no Japan, men or women, were featured are part of the appeal. During the 2011 Summer of Research, the WMF hired eight research fellows. Of these, only one was female, and she was from the United States. There were four males from American universities, The other researchers included men from a Japanese university, a Swiss university and a Canadian university. There were no female research fellows from this country.