Analysing the gender gap in politics and the economy in Japan Event as iCalendar

(New Zealand Asia Institute)

15 March 2017

5 - 6:30pm

Venue: The University of Auckland, The Great Hall, Room 101, The Clock Tower, 22 Princes Street, Auckland

Join Professor Mari Miura from the Faculty of Law at Sophia University in Tokyo for a talk that investigates the gender bias embedded in the electoral system and recruitment process of political parties. Professor Miura argues that Japan’s mixed electoral system requires high political capital to be elected, which makes it difficult for women who have tighter time constraints than men to enter politics. Moreover, gendered power relations within political parties also hinder women from entering politics.

Professor Mari Miura

About Professor Mari Miura

Professor Miura specialises in comparative welfare state theory, contemporary Japanese politics, and gender and politics. Her publications include Watashitachi no koe o gikai e: daihyosei minshushugi no saisei (Making Our Voices Heard: The Revival of Representative Democracy), Iwanami Shoten; Welfare through Work: Conservative Ideas, Partisan Dynamics, and Social Protection in Japan, Cornell University Press; and Jenda kuota: sekai no josei giin wa naze fueta no ka (Gender Quotas in Comparative Perspectives: Understanding the Increase in Women Representatives), ed., Akashi Shoten.


Jennifer Curtin is an Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Auckland. Her research spans the fields of gender, politics and public policy, in comparative perspective. She has published widely on women’s representation in parliament, political parties, trade unions, the bureaucracy, and as ministers and political leaders. She is currently engaged in a project that examines women’s pathways to executive leadership in four Westminster democracies. Jennifer has been an invited speaker at women’s conferences in New Zealand and internationally and is a media commentator on gender equality policies and New Zealand politics.

Helen Delaney completed her PhD at the University of Auckland then undertook a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Department of Business Administration at Lund University in Sweden. She is now a senior lecturer in the Department of Management and International Business at the University of Auckland. Helen is a member of the editorial collective of the journal ephemera: theory and politics in organisation. Helen’s research and teaching focuses primarily on the sociology of work and explores the impact of popular discourses, such as leadership, authenticity, and post-feminism, on worker identities.


Mark Mullins is Professor of Japanese Studies and Director of the Japan Studies Centre at the New Zealand Asia Institute at the University of Auckland. 

For more information please contact:

Dinah Towle
Phone: 09 923 1636