Date of Thesis

Spring 2023


Despite being a democratic and economically successful country, women in Japanese politics are extremely underrepresented. Since institutional factors do not explicitly prohibit women from holding office, this project turns to cultural factors to analyze this problem. Issues such as strict gender roles, sexual harassment, and rhetoric surrounding women politicians are some factors contextualizing the lives of Japanese women. In order to better understand these cultural barriers, this project turns to content analysis of news media in Japan to consider the ways in which women politicians are framed to the electorate, which may thus explain the low rates of elected women.


sekuhara, Japanese politics, women's political underrepresentation, media analysis

Access Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts


Political Science

Minor, Emphasis, or Concentration


First Advisor

Christina Xydias

Second Advisor

Vivien Leung