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Women in the new Japanese state

Chapter


Abstract


  • The character of the Japanese state has been shaped by the Constitution and Civil Code created during the Occupation period and the high economic growth that has characterised much of the last thirty years. It is commonly agreed that Japan has reached a turning point in the 1980s, and this is particularly true of the position of women in modern Japan. Women's demands for change, however, come at a time when both external and internal pressures are pushing the Japanese state in an increasingly conservative direction. Japanese women are in the process of defining a radically different set of priorities: to expose the links between militarism, conservative politics, and the subordination of women and to bring discussion of these issues out of the 'mini-komi' and into the political mainstream stripped of religious and ideological rhetoric. The state's response to this discourse will shape the Japanese state of the future.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Buckley, S., & Mackie, V. (2017). Women in the new Japanese state. In Democracy in Contemporary Japan (pp. 173-185). doi:10.4324/9781315494371

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780873323970

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85068025692

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Democracy in Contemporary Japan

Start Page


  • 173

End Page


  • 185

Abstract


  • The character of the Japanese state has been shaped by the Constitution and Civil Code created during the Occupation period and the high economic growth that has characterised much of the last thirty years. It is commonly agreed that Japan has reached a turning point in the 1980s, and this is particularly true of the position of women in modern Japan. Women's demands for change, however, come at a time when both external and internal pressures are pushing the Japanese state in an increasingly conservative direction. Japanese women are in the process of defining a radically different set of priorities: to expose the links between militarism, conservative politics, and the subordination of women and to bring discussion of these issues out of the 'mini-komi' and into the political mainstream stripped of religious and ideological rhetoric. The state's response to this discourse will shape the Japanese state of the future.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Buckley, S., & Mackie, V. (2017). Women in the new Japanese state. In Democracy in Contemporary Japan (pp. 173-185). doi:10.4324/9781315494371

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780873323970

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85068025692

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Democracy in Contemporary Japan

Start Page


  • 173

End Page


  • 185