Feminisms in Japan since the second wave to the present

Its history and achievement

Authored by: Chizuko Ueno

Routledge Handbook of East Asian Gender Studies

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138959897
eBook ISBN: 9781315660523
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315660523-5

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Abstract

This chapter discusses what Japanese feminisms have achieved and what they have not achieved in relation to legislation, neo-liberal reforms and women’s activism since the second wave of feminisms. Japanese feminisms and women’s collective movements have emerged and been organised since the late nineteenth century, when the modernisation of the country began. Whilst the first, second and current waves of Japanese feminism have much in common with their European and American counterparts, there are historical, political and economic contexts that have led Japanese feminism to its own development and characteristics.

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