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 until 1945.
In the past elections to the lower house held in 2012, 7.9% of elected candidates were women, while in the previous legislature the percentage was 11.3%. Japan's Government set out the goal to have women account for 30% of all parliamentary seats.