Instituting Action: Japanese Women’s Centers



Women’s centers are a unique institutional feature of Japanese gender politics; the centers mediate between women and the state, provide services in key areas such as childcare and domestic violence, while also buttressing state policies related to the home and family. Therefore, women’s centers are a unique institution from which to analyze the relationship between women and women’s movements with the Japanese nation-state as well as the dynamic of Confucian nationalism. The centers are also part of a history of interactions between women’s groups and the state; this context will be presented below along with the international context of gender reform. The women’s centers are part of a set of initiatives created by the Japanese government to meet up with international norms related to gender.


Domestic Violence United Nations Gender Equality Japanese Government Institute Action 
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