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Monday, June 19, 2017
Meet the women shifting the political landscape in Japan
As a society bound by tradition, change comes slowly to Japan. That includes opportunities for women in politics and government. But lately there's been a shake-up of the old order, with women reaching new heights that could hardly be imagined just...
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
The opposition Democratic Party in Japan Elects First Female Leader
Renho Murata became the first woman to lead the opposition Democratic Party in Japan after winning a leadership contest on September 15, 2016. By winning the leadership contest, Ms. Murata became the third woman to take up a prominent political job...
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Chinami Nishimura
This interview was conducted at the 133rd IPU Assembly. 
Monday, December 15, 2014
What can we do to improve female representation in politics?
It’s no secret that women are vastly underrepresented at all levels of government, all across the world. In the UK, there are five women in David Cameron’s cabinet,out of 22 positions, and only 22% of MPs are women. The Global Gender Gap report,...
Japanese Government
Saturday, September 06, 2014
Japanese politics includes women
Photos-AP and Reuters Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's appointment of a record number of women to his cabinet highlights efforts to power the economy by boosting the female workforce -- but he faces myriad challenges turning that vision into...
Friday, January 31, 2014
Japanese women hold record 3% of senior government posts
Japanese women held a record-high ratio of senior positions in the central government, but at 3 percent, they are still well behind their counterparts in other developed nations, government figures showed Jan. 31. The administration of Prime...
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Biden praises PM Abe’s push for women in politics and the workplace
While China’s air defense zone issues was topmost on everyone’s mind during United States Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Japan this week, he also had other agenda on his plate. Together with U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and U.S....
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Japan's Abe appoints first ever female PM aide
Japan's Shinzo Abe on Friday named the country's first ever female aide to the prime minister, just weeks after Caroline Kennedy arrived as the first woman US ambassador to Tokyo, AFP reports. Makiko Yamada, a 53-year-old internal ministry veteran,...
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Parliamentary Elections in Japan
24% of the candidates for the upcoming elections for the House of Councillors (upper house) are women. There are currently 44 (18.57%) women members of Japan’s upper house out of a total of 237 seats. Women in Japan did not have the right to vote...
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Women start political party based on Facebook comment, Japan
Two Japanese women started “All-Japan Obachan Party”, a political party that aims to balance the gender gap and to increase women rights, as well as women’s presence in the government. The party was established six months ago as the result of a...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Violence against women in politics
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Japan: Women and Activists Lament Japan’s Election Outcome
The return to power of Japan’s conservative and hard-line Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Sunday indicates that voters traded urgently needed social and environmental reforms for traditional male-led leadership, according to analysts here. Youth...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Japanese Women Lag In Boardrooms, Politics: Report
Japanese women have less clout in companies and politics than women in other advanced countries, the government said in a report that highlighted the need for steps to help women balance jobs and their personal lives. For more information...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Japan: Women Still Largely Absent From Politics
When it comes to female participation in politics, Japan lags far behind other nations.If Japan is going to catch up with the countries that boast a high percentage of female politicians, women must create a nationwide movement, according to...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
JAPAN: Change Comes to Japanese Politics
There was only one problem. Her Democratic Party had never been in power. In fact, only one party has really been in charge of Japan since the end of World War II. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) helped build the world's No. 2 economy, but...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Japan: Japan Awakes to New Era as Opposition Sweeps Into Power
Japan's parliament will look radically different when it formally elects Hatoyama as prime minister at a special session in the middle of next month. The lower house will contain 158 first-time MPs, just over 90% of them from the DPJ, and a...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Japan: Japan's Opposition Touts Fresh Faces in Bid for Election Victory
The Democratic Party of Japan has promoted women and younger candidates who have not risen through traditional routes to power.The display of hyperactivity was deliberate, and not just because Ms. Kushibuchi is anxious to win every last vote...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Japan: Women Changing the Face of Politics, Slowly but Almost Surely
Japan, according to the Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union, citing a November 2009 survey, ranks 106th among 189 countries in terms of the proportion of female parliamentarians in the House of Representatives. Japan just has 45 women...