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Women and Politics in Contemporary Japan

By Emma Dalton

© 2015 – Routledge

158 pages

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Description

This book looks at the gendering of the political system in Japan and the effects of that system on gender equality in national-level politics specifically and wider society more generally. It examines the approach taken by the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to issues of gender equality in Japan, and the repercussions of that approach on women’s political experiences and representation. This book covers a range of themes including the role of the LDP and other major political parties in constructing the modern Japanese political system, the under-representation of women in Japanese politics, women’s experiences in party politics and the gendering of government policies. Using in-depth interviews with women members of the national Diet, the book sheds light on how political women negotiate the male-dominated world of Japanese politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Women, Power and Politics under LDP Rule: Gender Equity Discourses and Practices 1955-1993 2. Post-1993 Political Power Structures and Gender Equity Policies 3. Ambivalent Ambitions 4. The Importance of Women in Politics 5. Negotiating a Masculinised Party Culture Conclusion: The Failure of ‘Equality’ and the Possibility of Gender Quotas

About the Author

Emma Dalton is a Lecturer in the Japanese Studies Research Institute of Kanda University of International Studies, Japan.

About the Series

ASAA Women in Asia Series

The primary aim of this important series is to publish original, high quality work on all aspects of women in Asia. Submissions are welcomed from prospective authors, both new and established scholars, working in any appropriate discipline, and should in the first instance be sent to the series editor. Email: louise.edwards@unsw.edu.au

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOC032000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies