Gender Bias and Gender Diversity of Judiciary in Japan: What Makes It Difficult to Change

Thursday, 14 July 2016: 09:10
Location: Hörsaal 17 (Juridicum)
Oral Presentation
Keiko SAWA, Kyoto Women's University, Japan
     The idea of judicial diversity, especially that of gender diversity, has been widening these years from the mere problem of number to the more deepening idea that is contextual, gender affirmative which pays attention to the power and structure in the society and approves more diverse state of being.  

    Meanwhile in Japan, the number of women judges has become 20,0% in 2015, which is considered to be “steadily growing” by judiciary, which means not any means of diversity or quarter is thought to be needed. Moreover, in spite of the existence of strong gender bias of judges having been pointed out frequently, these bias still remains without any way to be solved.

    Why does this state of things continue like this without any change? Why and how can it happen?   In this presentation, the reasons will be sought paying attention to the socialization process of judges and the power structure of judiciary in Japan.