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A Society Where Women (and Men) Can Shine: Japan’s Impossible Dream
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 6:00pm

The PSU Center for Japanese Studies presents 

Professor Andrew Gordon, Harvard University

A Society Where Women (and Men) Can Shine: Japan’s Impossible Dream

Japan’s Prime Minister, Abe Shinzō, has put forward the building of “a society where women can shine” as one of the central goals for his administration.  To assess the prospects for reaching this goal, we must examine the history of labor and gender in Japan from the 1980s through the present, including the era of so-called “lost decades” (1990s-2000s).   Two of the most important socio-economic developments over this time have been the increased participation of women in the work force, and the rise in the proportion of working people in what is called “non-regular” employment.  This talk will examine these trends and place them in the context of the government’s often contradictory gender policies and ideology.  

May 17, 2016 | 6pmSmith Memorial Student Union (SMSU) 327/8/9 
Free and Open to the Public 


Generously supported by the United States-Japan Foundation