Ageing Giant. "Family and Social Policy in Japan: Anthropological Approaches" by Roger Goodman (ed) and "Feminism in Modern Japan: Citizenship, Embodiment and Sexuality" by Vera Mackie. [review]
In the latest offerings in Cambridge University Press's 'Contemporary Japanese Society' series, Vera Mackie outlines 130 years of Japanese feminism, while Roger Goodman's collection explores a decade of policy interventions in that country that challenge a society still based largely on a strict gendered division of labour. Men's primary role is to be the overworked salaryman warrior, while women's is to care for dependants, both children and grandparents, in a society that 'is rapidly becoming the world’s oldest ever human population'.