Contemporary Portraits Of Japanese Women

Overview

As Japan shifted from an agricultural country before 1950 to an industrialized nation in less time than any other developed country, women felt the pressure of the shift. Husbands worked longer hours, leaving all the household chores and child rearing to their wives while fulfilling their responsibilites as corporate soldiers. The economy was fueled by a diligent, well-educated, low-paid workforce, but gender role division became even more rigid. Household incomes rose and improvement in areas such as diets, ...

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Overview

As Japan shifted from an agricultural country before 1950 to an industrialized nation in less time than any other developed country, women felt the pressure of the shift. Husbands worked longer hours, leaving all the household chores and child rearing to their wives while fulfilling their responsibilites as corporate soldiers. The economy was fueled by a diligent, well-educated, low-paid workforce, but gender role division became even more rigid. Household incomes rose and improvement in areas such as diets, transportation, and leisure were made; modern appliances also made it possible for mothers to have part-time jobs. But pollution also rose, as did prices, and crowded living conditions began to impinge on family life. Tanaka, who has spent many years looking back at her country from an American perspective, examines marriage, motherhood, employment, independence, women's movements, and old age for women in Japan over the last 50 years.

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Tanaka, who grew up in Japan between 1940 and 1969, presents a selection of subjects relating to the lives of women in modern Japan, emphasizing the dramatic changes in lifestyle that have occurred since World War II. Marriage, wives, divorce, motherhood, daughters in particular, work, independence and old age, the women's movement, and political power draw her attention. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275950675
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/25/1995
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

YUKIKO TANAKA is a professional writer and translator.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Marriage 11
Ch. 2 Wives 31
Ch. 3 Divorce in Japan 45
Ch. 4 Mothers' Children 59
Ch. 5 Daughters: Young Women Today 73
Ch. 6 Women and Work 97
Ch. 7 Women's Independence and Old Age 127
Ch. 8 Wuman Ribu and the Women's Movement in Japan 141
Ch. 9 Women and Political Power 155
Notes 165
Selected Bibliography 181
Index 185
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