, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 203–216 | Cite as

Japanese Women in Science and Technology

  • Motoko Kuwahara


Women make up about ten per cent of the scientists and engineers in Japan. The aim of this essay is to make clear why, even in the year 2001, there are so few women in these disciplines. I will suggest that the socio-economic structure and gender ideology of Japan since the Second World War is responsible for this shortage which is often erroneously attributed to the cultural traditions of feudal Japan.


Cultural Tradition Japanese Woman Gender Ideology 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Motoko Kuwahara
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  1. 1.Research Institute for EducationMomoyama Gakuin UniversityOsakaJapan E-mail

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