For International Women's Day, March 8, 2017, Carnegie Council Focuses on Japan

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What is the status of women in Japan today? Find out more, with this collection of articles and podcasts from Carnegie Council.

Pacific Delegate V. Ayano Ogawa & Pacific Fellow Mari Miura discuss gender equality in Japan with Diet member Seiko Noda.

Pacific Delegate V. Ayano Ogawa & Pacific Fellow Mari Miura discuss gender equality in Japan with Diet member Seiko Noda.

The 2016 Gender Gap Index ranked Japan near the bottom: 111 out of 144 countries.

Economically and technologically, Japan is one of the most advanced countries in the world. Yet despite initiatives like Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's "Womenomics," which aims to increase the number of women in the workforce and close the pay gap, parity for women still lags far behind most nations. The 2016 Gender Gap Index ranked Japan near the bottom: number 111 out of 144 countries.

In 2016, one of the themes of Carnegie Council's Asia Dialogues Program was gender norms in Japan. As part of this investigation, Program Director and Senior Fellow Devin Stewart led a group of 12 Pacific Delegates from seven countries and a diverse set of professional backgrounds to Tokyo, to examine moral issues around gender equality in Japanese society.

This Women's Day collection features articles by the Delegates resulting from their trip; articles by Devin Stewart and Pacific Fellows from Japan; and a series of podcast interviews conducted by Stewart. Together they offer a window into Japanese society and the status of women today.

Access the entire collection here: http://www.carnegiecouncil.org/publications/picks/0060

WOMENOMICS

What's Ailing Womenomics?
V. Ayano Ogawa, U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). Pacific Delegate.
Article in "The Diplomat," January 26, 2017.

Abenomics Meets Womenomics
Devin Stewart, Carnegie Council
Article in "Foreign Affairs," January 29, 2015.

WOMEN, POLITICS, AND CULTURE IN JAPANESE SOCIETY

Women at a Cultural Crossroads in Japan
Mary Vo, The University of Texas at Austin. Pacific Delegate.
Article in "The Baines Report," January 31, 2017.

Women Will Save Japan
Ankit Panda, "The Diplomat." Pacific Delegate.
Article in "The Diplomat," December 1, 2016.

Two Decades Behind: How to Give Women a Bigger Voice in Japanese Politics
Mari Miura, Sophia University, Tokyo. Pacific Fellow.
Article in nippon.com, June 1, 2016.

Political and Cultural Challenges to Gender Parity in Japan
Mari Miura, Sophia University, Tokyo. Pacific Fellow. Devin Stewart, Carnegie Council.
Carnegie Council podcast with transcript, April 25, 2016.

Feminism: The New "F-word" in Japan?
Natsumi Ikoma, International Christian University, Japan. Pacific Fellow.
Carnegie Council podcast with transcript, April 25, 2016.

SEXUALITY AND GENDER IDENTITY IN JAPAN TODAY

5 Revelations about Sex and Gender in Tokyo
Kristen Sollee, The New School. Pacific Delegate.
bustle.com article, December 16, 2016.

Gender and Sexuality in Japan
James Farrer, Sophia University in Tokyo. Pacific Fellow. Devin Stewart, Carnegie Council.
Carnegie Council podcast with transcript, March 8, 2016.

Gender Identity in Japan
Sonja Pei-fen Dale, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. Pacific Fellow. Devin Stewart, Carnegie Council.
Carnegie Council podcast with transcript, April 27, 2016.

WOMEN AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Integrating the Roles of Women into Japan's Climate Change Strategies
Atik Ambarwati, Mercy Corps, Indonesia. Pacific Delegate.
Carnegie Council online article, March 2017.

LEAVING JAPAN

A Filmmaker's Experience on Leaving Japan
Kyoko Gasha, Documentary Filmmaker and TV journalist.
Carnegie Council podcast with transcript, April 27, 2016.

LEARN MORE

Reading List and Discussion Questions on Gender and Japan

ABOUT CARNEGIE COUNCIL

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