Feminist Movements in Contemporary Japan (ASAA Women in Asia by Laura Dales

By Laura Dales

In modern Japan there's a lot ambivalence approximately women’s roles, and the time period "feminism" isn't generally regarded or thought of relevant.  still, as this booklet indicates, there's a flourishing feminist stream in modern Japan.  The publication investigates the gains and results of feminism in modern Japan, in non-government (NGO) women’s teams, government-run women’s centres and the person actions of feminists Haruka Yoko and Kitahara Minori.  Based on years of fieldwork carried out in Japan and drawing on broad interviews and ethnographic info, it argues that the paintings of person activists and women’s organizations in Japan promotes actual and power swap to gender roles and expectancies between eastern girls. It explores the ways in which feminism is created, promoted and constrained between jap girls, and advocates a broader building of what the feminist stream is known to be and a rethinking of the limits of feminist identity. It additionally addresses the influence of laws, govt paperwork, literature and the web as avenues of feminist improvement, and information the methods which those advertise service provider – the facility to behave – between jap girls.

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Informed by studies of Buddhism and Christianity, Hiratsuka emphasized the ultimate importance of love as life’s meaning, and she focused on the oppression experienced by women within marriage and the family (Nolte 1987: 98; Tachi 1995: 22). Adopting a binary distinction of public (male) and private (female) spheres, Hiratsuka promoted the reproductive role of women as a ‘hidden power’ to be valued and recognized (Tachi 1995: 25). The first editorial in Seitö featured her now-famous declaration on the decline of this power and the status of Japanese women: In the beginning, woman was the sun.

Even prior to the Constitution, however, the SCAP had indicated support for women’s rights by encouraging women’s entry to the government and supporting bureaucracy. 5 The rapid economic growth of post-war Japan was accompanied by a revolution in family models and ideals. The trend of urbanization and the increase in nuclear families led to reforms in housing design and development (Ueno 1987: 79; Nishikawa 1996: 228). The nuclear family model encompassed distinct gender roles, namely the full-time housewife–salaried worker (sengyö shufu–sararïman) binary that influenced the design and space utilization of the family home.

This redefining of women’s Women, feminism and the family in contemporary Japan 17 status within the family made the shift from Imperial to post-war Japan all the more dramatic for Japanese women and women’s rights activists. Even prior to the Constitution, however, the SCAP had indicated support for women’s rights by encouraging women’s entry to the government and supporting bureaucracy. 5 The rapid economic growth of post-war Japan was accompanied by a revolution in family models and ideals. The trend of urbanization and the increase in nuclear families led to reforms in housing design and development (Ueno 1987: 79; Nishikawa 1996: 228).

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