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Author Dalton, Emma

Title Women and politics in contemporary Japan / Emma Dalton
Published Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2015


Description 1 online resource
Series ASAA Women in Asia Series
ASAA women in Asia series.
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; Persistent inequality; Political parties as gatekeepers; Earthquakes and infertility: changing political and social landscapes; Note on style; Notes; 1. Women, power and politics under LDP rule: gender equity discourses and practices 1955-93; Political power structures after 1955: the rise of the LDP and the 'two-party system'; Factions; Money politics and connections; The electoral system and female representation
Where institutional and cultural barriers meetGender norms in post-war Japan; Post-war gender equity policies; Employment legislation and the gendered division of labour; 'Protection' for women workers or guarantees for all workers?; Effects of the EEOL and criticisms; A woman's place is not in politics; Notes; 2. Post-1993 political power structures and gender equity policies; Political power structures post-1993; The impact of the electoral system reforms on women; The road to a 'gender-equal society'; Dominant gender discourses in transition; The declining fertility rate
Revisions to the EEOLThe influence of international feminist discourses; Koizumi's positive action; The 'utilisation' of women candidates; Terminology and backlash: the diluted spirit of the Basic Law; Jendā furii and the backlash against gender equality; New approach, same old motivations; Notes; 3. Ambivalent ambitions; 'Because I was asked to'; A sense of 'civic duty'; Motivations for joining the LDP; Connection with a man as explanation for a political career; Reading lack of outward ambition as cultural; Notes; 4. The importance of women in politics; The politics of presence
Women's perspectives in politicsThe seikatsusha and shufu discourses; Political amateurism as strategy in male-dominated politics: Tanaka Makiko; Women's outsider-ness as a challenge to male-dominated politics; The 'utilisation' of women's experiences; 'Women's perspective': challenging the status quo or reinforcing stereotypes?; Notes; 5. Negotiating a masculinised party culture; The experiences of women in the party system; Masculinity in the Diet and the culture it shapes; 'Men in skirts'; 'Toughening up': negotiations of sexism by political women
Avoiding the failure/victim label: deploying the discourse of the individualParty loyalty; The silencing of women in politics; Individualisation stifles progress towards gender equality in the Diet; Notes; Conclusion: the failure of 'equality' and the possibility of gender quotas; A stubborn problem; The LDP's success fails women; Equality discourses and quotas; The domestic movement for gender quotas; Political party responses to gender quota campaign; 'Leaving it to nature isn't working'; Future prospects for women in the Japanese Diet; Notes; Appendix 1: women in the Lower and Upper Houses
Summary "This book looks at the gendering of the political system in Japan, and the effects of that system on gender equality in parliamentary politics specifically and 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. Using in-depth interviews with LDP women, the book sheds light on how political women negotiate the male-dominated world of Japanese politics"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Jiyū Minshutō.
Jiyū Minshutō
Women -- Political activity -- Japan
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Ethnic Studies -- General.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Gender Studies.
Women -- Political activity
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1317554191