Date: Thursday, February 15, 2024 12:00 PM - Thursday, February 15, 2024 1:30 PM
Location: Temple University, Japan Campus 1-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 154-0004


  • Machiko Osawa (Professor of Economics at Japan Women's University)


  • Kyle Cleveland, ICAS Co-Director


There have been 2 laws passed in 2023 on rape and DV that mark significant change in how the state is handling these significant problems in Japan. Now all non-consensual sex is regarded as a criminal act. Previously - unless the victim resisted - it was difficult to convict the perpetrator. Another law changes policies regarding DV and sex abuse and mandates greater state support for victims. Over the past 20 years there have been significant policy changes to address this hidden scourge of sexual violence as civil society and the mass media pressure the government to act.

For this ICAS lecture, Machiko Osawa will give a talk about her book which examines how NPOs played a significant role in lobbying for revisions of the DV law as well as establishing a one stop center for the victims of sexual abuse. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative data, her study highlights how pervasive DV and sexual abuse is in Japan. At the session, it will also be discussed whether it is necessary to change the mindset and institutionalization of a patriarchal system and shift in order to reduce DV and sexual violence in Japan.

Date & Time:

Thursday, February 15, 2024 12:00

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This event is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS).

Note: All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted.


Machiko Osawa

Professor of Economics at Japan Women's University 

Machiko Osawa was a professor of Economics at Japan Women's University and also the director of the Research Insitute for Women and Careers. She received her MA in Economics from Eastern Illinois University in 1977 and PhD in Economics, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, in 1984. She was a researcher at the Center for Social Sciences, Columbia University (1980-84), a Hewlett Fellow at the University of Chicago (1984-86), a researcher at the Japan Institute of Labor (1987-90), and associate professor & professor of Economics at Asia University (1990-96). She served on advisory boards for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology; Ministry of Health, Welfare and Labor; Prime Minister's Gender Equality Bureau; and Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry.

Machiko Osawa is the author of several books, most recently When Housewives Return to the Labor Market - Towards Second Chance Society (NTT Shuppan, 2012); What's Holding Back Japanese Women? (Tokyo Keizai Shinposya, 2015); Women and Work in the 21st Century (Sayusya, 2018); and Why There Are So Few Women Managers in the Japanese Workplace (Seikyusya, 2019).

Machiko Osawa – Social Science Research Council (SSRC) 


Kyle Cleveland

Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-director of the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS), Temple University, Japan Campus

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