Policy Response to Declining Birth Rate in Japan: Formation of a “Gender-Equal” Society

@article{Huen2007PolicyRT,
  title={Policy Response to Declining Birth Rate in Japan: Formation of a “Gender-Equal” Society},
  author={Yuki W. P. Huen},
  journal={East Asia},
  year={2007},
  volume={24},
  pages={365-379}
}
  • Yuki W. P. Huen
  • Published 12 October 2007
  • Economics, Sociology, Political Science
  • East Asia
Japanese women have been assigned to the private role of caretaker, but the Japanese government has made prominent efforts in constructing a “gender-equal” society during the past decade. This policy development has come under the context of falling birth rate. The Basic Law for a Gender-Equal Society and the measures taken by the government so far still fall short from enforcing gender equality and do not affirm equality as a human right. Since the pursuit of gender equality is a means to… 

The Long Path Toward Gender Equality in Japan: The Revision of the Equal Employment Opportunity Law and Its Implementation

Gender equality is stipulated in the post-war Japanese constitution in article 14, which grants equality to all people with regard to race, creed, sex, social status or family origin, and in article

Declining Fertility Rates in Japan: An Ageing Crisis Ahead

The two key impediments to addressing the ageing crisis of Japan are: electoral politics which avoid making hard decisions painful to voters (especially the hiking of the consumption tax), and even

The Politics of Balancing Flexibility and Equality: A Comparison of Recent Equal Pay Reforms in Germany and Japan

Were it only for the number of laws, achieving the equal treatment of workers, regardless of gender, status, or age would only be a matter of time. In many OECD member states, law has obliged

In the pursuit of a gender-equal society: do Japanese EFL textbooks play a role?

Abstract ‘Womenomics’, a signature programme promoted by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, aims to boost the country’s economy by attracting women, an under-utilized resource, to join the

Aspirations and Desires: Women's Education and Fertility Strategies in Contemporary Japan

This study examines the varying influence of education on contemporary Japanese fertility. It is based on 179 questionnaires completed by married workingwomen, 52 of whom were subsequently

Gender in the Investigation and Politics of ‘Low’ Fertility

In this review of research on gender and low fertility, I develop three main categories: (1) studies seeking to explain why fertility is low; (2) studies on the efficacy of fertility-related

Gender Construction in Five Japanese Serial Dramas: Fantasy and the Real Lives of Japanese Youth

Abstract This study aims to capture how gender is constructed in Japanese serial dramas and to see whether they provide new or different roles and values. This study looks at five Japanese serial

Normalising the Japanese child : imagined childhood in institutional photographs since the Second World War

This thesis examines the role of photographs of childhood and children in regulating the Japanese postwar ‘imagined community’. Such representations, especially photographs, with the exception of

The Business Case of Diversity : A Japanese-German Comparison (特集 ビジネス・エシックスを多角的に考える)

Introduction Diversity in human resources has been widely discussed as a business concept in recent years and is assumed to be linked to improvements in corporate performance. Companies engaging in a

Gender representation in Japanese EFL textbooks – a corpus study

ABSTRACT This paper seeks to investigate whether the Japanese government’s attempt to promote a ‘gender-equal’ society in recent decades and the improved status of women are reflected in patterns of

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 19 REFERENCES

Japan's gender-biased social security policy

Why does gender inequality, or a gendered division of labour, persist in Japan? The focus of this paper is a set of policies adopted by the Japanese government in the 1980s which present an

Gender and Family Change in Industrialized Countries

This volume focuses on the relationship between change in the family and change in the roles of women and men on contemporary industrial societies. Of central concern is whether change in gender

The issues of gender in contemporary Japanese working life: A Japanese “vicious circle”

The aim of this article is to analyze how the gender division of labour has been embodied in the social expectation of women’s roles in urban settings, mainly with respect to married people in

Gender Policies in Japan and the United States

Introduction Comparing Women's Movements Equal Opportunity Policy Domestic Violence Policy Reproductive Rights Policy Gender Equality and Family Friendly Policy Conclusion

Women and Japanese Management: Discrimination and Reform

Standard works on the employment systems of Japanese companies deal almost exclusively with men. Women, however, constitute the vast majority of the low wage, highly flexible "non-core" employees.

The Housewife Is Born: The Establishment of the Notion and Identity of the Shufu in Modern Japan

The creation and establishment of the ideal of women as full-time, ‘professional’ housewives (sengyō shufu) has undoubtedly been a key aspect in the modernisation of Japanese society and social

Women in the Workplace

A group of distinguished authors review the economic, socio-psychological, and legal aspects of women in traditional and non-traditional jobs.

Blazing a trail

Gender and Japanese management