Against the System? Women in Elected Local Government in Japan

  title={Against the System? Women in Elected Local Government in Japan},
  author={Catherine Bochel and Hugh Bochel and Masashi Kasuga and Hideko Takeyasu},
  journal={Local Government Studies},
  pages={19 - 31}
Abstract Despite having a high level of voting by women, Japan has a poor record of female representation in elected government at both central and local levels. This article examines the position in local government and seeks to explore a number of possible explanations for the situation. It draws upon both theoretical and empirical work and identifies a variety of cultural, social and political barriers to women seeking election for local government. The article concludes that there are… 

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