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Capturing Contemporary JapanDifferentiation and Uncertainty$
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Satsuki Kawano, Glenda S. Roberts, and Susan Orpett Long

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838683

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838683.001.0001

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Working Women of the Bubble Generation

Working Women of the Bubble Generation

(p.83) Chapter 3 Working Women of the Bubble Generation
Capturing Contemporary Japan

Sawa Kurotani

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on the lives of female full-time workers of the bubble generation (baburu sedai) in their forties and fifties who, like most of their peers, have never resigned from their jobs for marriage or child rearing. The Equal Employment Opportunity Law (EEOL), introduced in 1986, officially opened up professional opportunities for Japanese women, but the society continues to pressure married women to quit their jobs when they have children. Drawing on the experiences of three working women, this chapter considers the impact of macrostructural forces on the lives of female corporate workers and how they have negotiated their professional and personal paths through these decades of socioeconomic turmoil. More specifically, it discusses the ways in which long-term female workers have developed and coped with the persistent male dominance in the corporate world. It shows that a new form of differentiation is emerging among girls and women in contemporary Japan based on the availability of familial educational support.

Keywords:   bubble generation, Equal Employment Opportunity Law, Japanese women, working women, differentiation, Japan, education

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