Women and the 2011 East Japan Disaster


Saito, Fumie. 2012. “Women and the 2011 East Japan Disaster.” Gender and Development 20 (2): 265–79.

Author: Fumie Saito


This article describes the gender issues that have emerged after the earthquake and tsunami that hit East Japan in March 2011, and how the government and society responded to these issues. The gender issues that emerged were not new; rather, they repeated what had already happened following earlier emergencies in Japan, indicating a failure on the part of the government to integrate a gender perspective into emergency planning and response, and ongoing gender inequality in Japanese society.

Keywords: disaster response, women’s participation, government policy, East Japan Disaster, reconstruction

Topics: Environment, Environmental Disasters, Gender, Women, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, Governance Regions: Asia, East Asia Countries: Japan

Year: 2012

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