Analysing Women in Work in Earthquake Recovery Measures on the North-Eastern Coast of Japan

Dr Reina Ichii1

1RMIT, , Australia

In March 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake triggered Tsunami on the north-eastern coast of Japan which damaged local economy. Since this unexpected natural disaster, the recovery measures have been enacted by the Japanese governments. However, gender issues in paid and unpaid work are not reflected in the design of these recovery measures. This paper examines gendered outcomes of work in the fishery industry on the north-eastern coast of Japan. With field observation and secondary data analysis, this study confirms that women workers are more vulnerable than men’s counterparts because of difficulties to access government support. It concludes that women’s participation in decision-making regarding the recovery process is of great significance to improve gender equality.


Reina Ichii is Program Manager of Master of International Development in RMIT University. With research interests across Asia, Reina applies critical feminist theories to understand women’s contributions to care economy with a focus on factors which influence women’s decision-making around work and care.


The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) is the peak body of university experts and educators on Asia in Australia. Established in 1976, we promote and support the study of Asia in Australian universities and knowledge of Asia among the broader community. Our membership is drawn mainly from academics and students, but also includes industry and government Asia experts. We take a strong interest in promoting knowledge about Asia in schools and in contributing to state and Commonwealth government policies related to Asia. We provide informed comment on Asia to a broad public through our bulletin, Asian Currents, and specialist research articles in our journal, Asian Studies Review. Four book series published under our auspices cover Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia and Women in Asia.

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