Abewomanomics is one of the most controversial of the structural reforms. This panel will evaluate progress within three areas of the gendered Japanese political economy: administrative reforms and gender policy, representation of women in local political leadership and women in private enterprise.
Abewomanomics is one of the most controversial of the structural reforms. The results have been mixed, and this panel will attempt to determine the inroads and well as set-backs made in the policies proposed for advancing women's participation. Elevating gender equality to a central part of the Prime Minister's platform has won the issue wide recognition, but in the process the role of the gender equality office and of women leading the drive for more equality have been weakened. In addition to examining Cabinet level capacities for achieving gender equality, this panel will consider gains made at the local level of politics and in the corporate world, where targets for female leadership have been instituted. The panel includes three papers with original empirical research about central-level administrative capacities, local level women's leadership, and the effect of Abewomanomics on advancement of women in the financial sector. The research shows that Abewomanomics has set-back the time-line on many policies, and the advances made may be more the result of longer-term efforts to improve gender balance in political and economic leadership.