26th February 2002




Fewer than 25 per cent of councillors in Great Britain are female, and in Lincoln the percentage is lower than the national average.  Two influential Japanese professors will be discussing this state of affairs with Lincoln academics when they visit the city next week.


Japanese professors Hideko Takeyasu from Kyoto Women’s University and Professor Masashi Kasuga from Kobe Gakuin University in Japan are experts on women in local government. 


Only three to four per cent of Japanese local government councillors are women and Professors Takeyasu and Kasuga have recently received a research grant of around £80,000 to investigate why this is. 


University of Lincoln lecturers Professor Hugh Bochel and Catherine Bochel assisted with the research when the Japanese academics extended their studies to include women councillors in Scotland.


Now Professor Bochel and Mrs Bochel are looking forward to their arrival next Monday (4th March). 


“We have a shared interest in Scottish and Japanese women’s local government,” said Prof Bochel. “We recently travelled to Japan with funds from Kobe Gakuin University to discuss possible research with the professors and to interview women councillors there.  The discussions will continue in Lincoln and we plan to write articles together.


“Hideko and Masashi are widely respected and we are glad to be able to cooperate with them in their research; it is very interesting and of significant current importance in Japan.”


It is hoped that the one-off trip to Lincoln will become the start of a regular collaboration.  “Hopefully the professors will return on a regular basis and take time to talk to Politics and Social Policy students at the University and perhaps extend their research to look at women in local government in the local area,” said Prof Bochel. 


For more information contact: Anna Godley, Press Assistant

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042 Email: agodley@lincoln.ac.uk

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