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Women and Politics in Contemporary Japan

1st Edition

By Emma Dalton


158 pages

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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: [email protected]


Editorial Board:

Hyaeweol Choi (University of Iowa)

Melissa Crouch (University of New South Wales) 

Michele Ford (The University of Sydney)

Trude Jacobsen (Northern Illinois University)

Tanya Jakimow (University of New South Wales)

Lenore Lyons (Independent scholar)

Vera Mackie (University of Wollongong)

Anne McLaren (The University of Melbourne)

Mina Roces (University of New South Wales)

Dina Siddiqi (New York University)

Andrea Whittaker (The University of Queensland)

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Subject Categories

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