Japan: "Fewer women elected in Lower House poll despite empowerment law"

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Japan: "Fewer women elected in Lower House poll despite empowerment law"

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arumi Yoshida from opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan celebrates her victory over a Liberal Democratic Party heavyweight Nobuteru Ishihara after the Lower House election on Sunday night in Tokyo. | KYODO - Japan Times

In Sunday's general election, 45 women were elected to the 465-seat House of Representatives, down two from the previous contest in 2017, despite a law promoting female participation in the political field, data showed Monday.

While the election was the first Lower House poll since Japan enacted the law in 2018, urging political parties to make efforts to field an equal number of male and female candidates, women accounted for 9.7% of the lower chamber members, falling 0.4 percentage point from 10.1% marked in the previous election.

There were 186 women among candidates who ran in the election, making up 17.7% of the total — the highest level on record, but still far from standing on par with men. A total of 24.2% of the female candidates landed a seat.

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