In gender gap index, why does Japan still show

In recent year
Japan’s mass media, including advertising, television shows, and magazines,
have taken off internationally. However, do these forms of media only present
Japan as what they want to be? Taking a more thorough look at Japanese mass
media people can see that it represents Japan’s underlying structure on gender
roles and gender inequality. In 2016 Japan ranked 114th out of 144
countries in the gender gap index this is a lower ranking compared to its 111th
position in 2015. This is also the lowest ranking within the G7. With such a
low position in the gender gap index, why does Japan still show variety shows
that objectify women or advertisement that depict traditional gender role. Throughout
this report, I would like to explore whether if outdated gender roles and
gender inequality are enforced through Japanese mass media.

            In the past, roles of women in Japan
bring out inconsistencies due to different influences that were intergraded at
various time points due to the dominating religion at that time. It begins in
ancient Japan when Shintoism was the dominant religion. In Shinto-dominant
Japan women were the one in power. Women were said to be allowed to rule and
encouraged to do so because it was believed that women had the power to bring
peace and regulation. This was all due to the story of the goddess of the sun,
Amaterasu, to the Japanese people she was the essence of perfection,
demonstrating purity, beauty, and fertility. “From the depictions of female deities
in the myths and the numerous women rulers…it can be assumed that the status
was like that of men.” (look up what
source) However, the matriarchal society that Japan once was ended with the
introduction to Buddhism.

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            In the 6th century Buddhism was introduced to
Japan and the form of Buddhism that came was quite anti-femmine. Men were have
to be said the personification of men and women were the “agent of the