chapter  7
Uncustomary sisterhood: Feminist research in Japanese conservative movements
WithAyaka Suzuki
Pages 14

In Japan, many groups belonging to “right-wing” have been active since the late 1990s. The substantive meanings of left and right vary greatly depending on the period or region. In the case of Japan, I define a conservative and right-wing movement as a social movement of individuals who support the former “pre-war” system and the Japan–US Security Treaty, hold a negative stance toward the enhancement of the welfare system and equal political participation, and adhere to nationalistic doctrines that advocate “patriotism.”

Since 2008, I have conducted surveys on various right-wing movements in Japan, focusing on women-centered groups and female activists. They oppose gender-equality policy and feminism, and approve gender division of labor. In this chapter, while reflecting on the surveys that I have conducted, I examine the challenges and possibilities of conducting feminist survey research in right-wing movements from the perspective of “sisterhood.”