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JapanThe Precarious Future$
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Anne Allison

Print publication date: 1953

Print ISBN-13: 9781479889389

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479889389.001.0001

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The Future of Gender in Japan: Work/Life Balance and Relations between the Sexes

The Future of Gender in Japan: Work/Life Balance and Relations between the Sexes

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(p.87) Chapter Four The Future of Gender in Japan: Work/Life Balance and Relations between the Sexes
Source:
Japan
Author(s):

Ayako Kano

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479889389.003.0005

This chapter begins with a snapshot of gendered images in the days and weeks after March 11, 2011. It continues by analyzing changes in how gender has operated as a category of scholarly discussion, showing a shift in attention from gender inequality to class disparity. It suggests that the social and academic concern over weak men has obscured the problem of female poverty. It then reviews recent government policy on Gender-Equal Society and the conservative backlash, spearheaded by Shinzo Abe, against what could be called state feminism. The chapter describes several plausible scenarios for gender equality and family life in Japan in the near future, given current demographic and political trends. It concludes by suggesting several concrete measures for increasing equality, hope, and quality of life.

Keywords:   gender, inequality, disparity, weak men, Gender-Equal Society, backlash, Shinzo Abe, feminism, family, demographic

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