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Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University, Japan
English textbooks play an important role in Japanese EFL contexts. This study is a quantitative comparative analysis of female representations in high school textbooks in Japan, with the aim of exploring gender representations therein. 22 textbooks published in the 1990s and in 2017 were analyzed in terms of the number of male and female characters and their social status. The significance of this study is that there have been few comparative historical studies in textbook analysis. The results demonstrate that there still remains a great disparity between male and female characters in EFL textbooks used in Japan.