Chelsea Szendi Schieder, a political scientist at Tokyo’s Meiji University, describes how, in the wake of Japan’s triple disaster (earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown), the country has moved to fortify national harmony and women’s place in the traditional family unit. But Schieder writes that, for women struggling to extricate themselves from violent households, these “bonds that link families become bondage.” She discusses how policies under Shinzô Abe, including a proposed constitutional revision, seek to strengthen the neoliberal order at the expense of women.
Blood Ties: Intimate Violence in Shinzô Abe’s Japan
CHELSEA SZENDI SCHIEDER is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Economics at Meiji University. Her research and writing focuses on gender and social activism in historical and contemporary Japan. She is currently working on her book, “Coed Revolution: The Female Student in the Japanese New Left.”
Chelsea Szendi Schieder; Blood Ties: Intimate Violence in Shinzô Abe’s Japan. World Policy Journal 1 September 2017; 34 (3): 28–35. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07402775-4280124
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