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By M. Murayama

Even though eastern monetary improvement is usually mentioned, much less realization is given to social improvement, and masses much less to gender similar concerns. through interpreting jap reviews relating to gender, the authors search insights correct to the present constructing international locations. concurrently, the publication issues out the significance for jap society to attract classes from the creativity and activism of ladies in constructing nations.

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Nevertheless, contrary to the findings of earlier studies that mentioned changing gender roles, especially among younger generations, the author finds that this provision has not been realized as much as one might expect. She posits that the socialist revolution has failed to transform the old gender roles, and corroborates this supposition by piecing together the available statistical data. She states that Cuban state’s socialist policy merely lessened men’s obligations as breadwinners by providing social welfare services such as free education and medical care, along with subsidized food and low-cost housing, but did not do anything to ensure their participation in domestic work.

The author, who has long been involved in the women’s movement, analyses the problem using firsthand information. The situation of Korean women is referred to for comparison. Although they generally have a low profile, the women’s movements there have been trying to make inroads into the political arena. In recent years, women have gained ground in politics, especially in local assemblies. Chapter 5 looks at the case of Nagano Prefecture, where more women were elected to office in the first two elections after the Second World War than anywhere else in Japan, and where, after a low ebb lasting many years, the number of female assembly members is now higher again than in other regions of Japan.

If we are to draw lessons from their experiences for our own lives, we do not have to rely only on first-hand information or observation by ourselves. Contrary to the general impression that there is little research carried out into the situation and problems of developing countries, there is in fact an emerging body of literature because of global concern over development issues. No doubt there are many aspects that remain unexplored or neglected, given the fact that trends exist in development issues and discourses.

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