Undergraduate Roundtable: Gender Equality in Japan from Students' Perspective

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Friday, October 13th, 2017

Friday, October 13, 20173:15PM - 4:45PMMunk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
Room 208N, North House
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In 1985, Japan established a law called the Equal Employment Opportunity Law (EEOL/雇用機会均等法), which created a framework to promote gender equality in the workplace in Japan. This also generated conversations about the culturally ingrained sexism and gender inequality in the country. With the combination of this law and the recent economic strategy (Abenomics) instigated by Prime Minister Abe, the cabinet pledged to empower women by increasing the number of women in the workforce and creating a safe work environment. However, despite the implementation of the law and the active promotion of the economic plan, female representation in the workforce is still not visible and sexism does not appear to be either decreasing or well addressed. A group of Japanese students with diverse backgrounds will be discussing and tackling both socially and culturally embedded issues of gender inequality and sexism in Japan from their perspectives and experiences.


Eileen Lam


Taku Nishumura

Keita Morikawa

Kana Shishikura

Natsuhi Yasuda

Seung Hyok Lee
Lecturer, Department of Political Science, and Research Associate, Centre for the Study of Global Japan, University of Toronto

Main Sponsor

Centre for the Study of Global Japan


Japan Studies Association of Canada


Asian Institute

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