Harassment prevention for cultural practitionners

  • Lecture / Symposium

For building a creative environment where everyone respects each other

In the field of arts and culture, harassment is an issue in which anyone can be a victim, a perpetrator, or a witness. In this course participants learn effective basic knowledge and countermeasures towards preventing harassment and building a creative environment where everyone respects each other.
We have designed two basic knowledge lectures that provide multi-faceted learning and pointers from a practical perspective in terms of the legal issues and the creative practices, as well as two training lectures on not only harassment prevention but also on building a good creative and working environment. We hope this course will help reinforce the foundation for open, safe and secure creation and activity for all those engaged in creative work, regardless of their field of expression, activities, function, gender, attributes, etc. Each lecture will be conducted with instructors who are experts in the different lecture themes, and facilitated by Yuko Uematsu, a performing arts producer who also is working on harassment prevention training and creating guidelines in the field of arts and culture.

Ideal for:
– People who want to create an environment where everyone can work comfortably
– People who want to acquire basic knowledge of harassment
– People who have concerns about harassment prevention measures in their own creative/professional working environment
– People who want to introduce harassment training into their own creative/professional working environment
– People concerned that they themselves might be engaging in harassment

*This is an online course using Zoom Webinars
*Participants themselves will not appear on the screen. There will be no discussions between participants, or workshops.
*All lectures are standalone. Please apply for your desired session(s).
*Each session: 19:00 – 21:30 Lecture/Q&A session using questionnaires (including break).
*An archived video link will be sent to participants for review purposes at a later date.
*If you are unable to view a lecture on the day, you can also apply to access the archived video.
*Accessibility: Japanese sign language interpreting, UD Talk speech-to-text support.

Lecture program dates

Total of 4 sessions between July and September 2023
Each session: 19:00 – 21:30 Lecture/Q&A session (including break).

– Thursday, July 27 Basic knowledge 1 Legal issues
– Thursday, August 10 Basic knowledge 2 On-site practice
– Tuesday, September 12 Prevention training 1: Anger management
– Friday, September 29 Prevention training 2: Assertive communication

*Lectures are conducted only in Japanese.

Lecture details

  1. Basic knowledge 1 Legal issues
    Lecturer: Kosuke Terauchi
    Facilitator: Yuko Uematsu
    The movement to prevent harassment in the field of arts and culture is of course linked to the movement in Japanese society in general. In this course we will explain examples of harassment in the field of arts and culture, the required preventive measures etc. based on recent revisions to the law. These revisions include the revised Act on Comprehensive Promotion of Labor Policies (effective April 2022) making measures to prevent power harassment mandatory for even small and medium-sized companies – a major change for society as a whole – and the New Law for Freelancers (established April 2023 but not yet enforced) stipulating harassment prevention measures when commissioning freelance work.
  2. Basic knowledge 2 On-site practice
    Lecturer: Yuko Uematsu
    A harassment prevention course for an open creative environment, specializing in the field of arts and culture. When collaborating with others whose values and perspectives are different from your own, harassment is often caused by considering other people as tools and opportunities to meet your own needs and desires. We introduce basic ideas and approaches, knowledge and pointers that can be used in the field so that opinions do not clash, and people do not deny each other’s personalities or hurt each other.
  3. Preventive training 1: Anger management
    Lecturer: Keiko Sato
    Facilitator: Yuko Uematsu
    Anger management is a method of dealing with anger in order to build better relationships and a creative environment free of harassment. In this lecture, Sato will introduce four areas: 1) understanding feelings of anger, 2)stress management (calming skills), 3)cognitive change (understanding and changing your own way of thinking), and listening as the foundation of relationships. She will also introduce the benefits of learning anger management and how to practice it.
  4. Preventive training 2: Assertive communication
    Lecturer: Shiomu Morita
    Facilitator: Yuko Uematsu
    When you clash with other people who have different values and ways of thinking than yourself, being assertive is a method of discussion that doesn’t involve either the negation of the other person or silence on your part. When a problem arises, staying silent for fear of harassment will not solve the problem. It is necessary to develop the ability to talk together on equal terms. We will introduce the basic ideas and skills involved in assertive response as one of the means to creating an open environment.


【Facilitator and Lecturer】

Yuko Uematsu (performing arts producer, senior harassment countermeasures advisor (Harassment Center))


Kosuke Terauchi (lawyer at Kotto Dori Law Office, part-time lecturer at Kobe University Graduate School of Law)

Keiko Sato (Representative Director, Anger Management Japan/Clinical psychologist)

Shiomu Morita(Executive Direction, NPO Assertive Japan)

*Other lecturers to be informed as soon as finalized.


【Program details】
Consultation and Support Division, Initiatives and Grants Department
Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
TEL: 03-6256-9237 (Weekday 10:00-18:00)

【Application details】

Non-profit Organization Explat
TEL: 03-4213-4291 (Weekday 10:00-18:00)


Online (Zoom Webinars)


Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Operation by
Non-profit Organization Explat