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Popular Democracy in Japan: How Gender and Community Are Changing Modern Electoral Politics

Sherry L. Martin


This book examines a puzzle in Japanese politics: Why do Japanese women turn out to vote at rates higher than men? On the basis of in-depth fieldwork in various parts of the country, the book argues that the exclusion of women from a full range of opportunities in public life provokes many of them to seek alternative outlets for self-expression. They have options that include a wide variety of study, hobby, and lifelong learning groups—a feature of Japanese civic life that the Ministry of Education encourages. Women who participate in these alternative spaces for learning tend, the book finds, ... More

Keywords: Japanese politics, Japanese women, self-expression, Japanese civic life, political participation, voting, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449178
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449178.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sherry L. Martin, author
Cornell University