436 Cohen Hall
Please join us for a Global Gender Seminar featuring Ayako Kano, East Asian Languages and Civilizations. We will be discussing her working paper, "Gender and Possible Futures for Japan."
The paper will be circulated in advance and lunch will be served. Please RSVP below to receive a copy of the paper and reserve a lunch.
Where is Japan headed after the earthquake/tsunami and nuclear disaster of 2011? Are we likely to see a retreat to earlier patterns, persistence of recent patterns, or the onset of genuine change? In this chapter I examine various possibilities from the viewpoint of gender. I first examine the shifting attention on gender as a category, noting the rise of a “weak male” discourse at a time when advocacy for gender equality seems to be eclipsed by concern over economic disparity. Turning from popular discourse to policy, I next describe recent governmental gender policies and the controversy surrounding its implementation. The conservative backlash suggests a lack of social consensus about the state’s goals and means of achieving gender equality. Finally, turning from policies to possibilities, I end the chapter by presenting several pessimistic and optimistic future scenarios for gender in Japan.