High Aims, Low Outcome: Implementing Gender Equality in Japan
This paper asks for the reasons of the discrepancy between the far-reaching aims of policies for gender equality and the low outcome. By taking the Basic Law for a Gender-equal Society as a case study, this presentation reassesses, how and to what extent the ideas of CEDAW have been implemented throughout Japan and what barriers prevent successful outcome. This question is being taken into account from different perspectives. Next to deciphering the mechanisms and strategies of implementing gender equality on the regional level of the 47 Japanese prefectures, an outlook of policy change during the DPJ government (2009-2012) and the new LDP government that took over in December 2012 will be given.
The paper draws back on results of the authors Ph.D. thesis on the implementation of gender equality in Japans prefectures as well as on a paper on the impact of the DPJ government in the field of gender equality policies (both published 2013).