Northeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

166 - Gender, Politics and the Media in Japan

7/7/2018
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Juniper, New Building

The 2017 Global Gender Gap Report ranked Japan 114th out of 144 countries. This long-standing low ranking is primarily due to the country’s scarcity of women in politics. In the realms of health and education, Japan fares well for gender equality but falls dismally short in the area of gender equality in political representation. Indeed, the 2017 election saw a negligible increase in the number of women elected — a mere 10.1 percent of successful candidates were female, and there are no signs that political parties believe it is an important issue. Despite this, gender was a salient thread during the campaign of all major political parties, as all parties assured voters they would adopt more working-mother friendly policies, including promises of more child-care facilities. Furthermore, until recently, a woman, Koike Yuriko, led one of the new main opposition parties. As diplomatic tensions continue to simmer in the region, feminists inside and outside Japan continue asking, ‘Where are the women?’, ‘When women (like Koike Yuriko, governor of Tokyo) do gain power, what happens?’, and ‘How are women being affected by male-dominated institutions?’ This panel explores these questions from inter-disciplinary perspectives and through specific case studies. We consider the role of gender and women in state apparatuses such as political parties and government, as well as the media representation of women in politics.

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Emma Louise. Dalton

RMIT University, Australia

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Tomoko Seto

Yonsei University, Republic of Korea

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Emma Louise. Dalton

RMIT University, Australia

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Sally McLaren

Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

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Tomoko Seto

Yonsei University, Republic of Korea

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Sally McLaren

Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

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