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Wednesday, October 07, 2020
Japanese lawmaker’s comments on sexual assault spark calls for more female representation in politics
A Japanese lawmaker has apologized for claiming that women can lie about sexual assault. The comments sparked an online petition and have led to calls for increased diversity in the country’s male-dominated politics. Sugita Mio, a member of the main...
Thursday, October 01, 2020
COVID-19 presents crucial moment for gender diversity in Japan
In a world of uncertainty triggered by the global coronavirus pandemic, it is important now more than ever to not only maintain but to expand gender diversity in the business and political worlds, especially in Japan. That was the main message that...
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Japan is a 'democracy without women', says ruling party MP
A prominent member of Japan’s ruling party has described the country’s politics as “democracy without women”, days after the new prime minister appointed just two female MPs to his cabinet. Tomomi Inada, a former defence minister from the governing...
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
In Japan’s male-dominated politics, women face obstacles to making history
Lawmakers who were vying to lead the ruling Liberal Democratic Party including Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, who won the overwhelming support of the party’s members, have vowed to continue outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to...
Monday, July 06, 2020
Tokyo’s first female governor sails to re-election even as virus cases rise
In rewarding Tokyo’s first female governor, Yuriko Koike, with a second term on Sunday, voters endorsed her highly visible leadership as the sprawling metropolis has avoided the kind of spiraling death toll from the coronavirus seen in other world...
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Japan to focus on female empowerment, support for single mothers
The Japanese government adopted Wednesday a set of policies on women, focusing on promoting their empowerment in the business and political arenas and helping single mothers secure child support from divorced husbands. The policies stated that...
Monday, April 06, 2020
Youngest female mayor in Japan elected in Tokushima
Sawako Naito, a 36-year-old independent rookie, was elected head of the city of Tokushima on Sunday, becoming the youngest female mayor in Japan. Naito, who leads a community development group, defeated incumbent Mayor Akiyoshi Endo, 64, by 41,247...
Thursday, April 02, 2020
Noda Seiko: Tackling gender imbalance in Japanese politics
Liberal Democratic Party politician Noda Seiko has been a member of the political elite for nearly three decades. She was still in her thirties when she was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time, and a few years later became the...
Friday, March 20, 2020
UN: Japan's women in government ratio lowest in G7
An international survey has ranked Japan 113th of 190 countries for the percentage of women in ministerial positions. It is the lowest among the Group of Seven industrialized countries. The report was made by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and UN...
Friday, March 06, 2020
Women in Japanese politics: Why so few after so very long?
To mark International Women’s Day on March 8, there will be worldwide marches, parades, protests and public awareness activities on the contributions of women and the barriers and discrimination they still face. One issue of focus is the state of...
Friday, February 21, 2020
Eri Tokunaga
Eri Tokunaga is a Member of Parliament from Japan. This interview was conducted in October 2018 in the margins of IPU’s 139th Assembly in Geneva.
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Japan’s upper house is no place for a woman
It should be no surprise that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared gender equality to be one of his main priorities. Japan ranks 125 out of 149 countries in measures of female political empowerment and 117 in measures of economic...
Monday, July 22, 2019
Record number of women win seats in Japan election, but female voters wary of government's empowerment pledge
Despite a record number of women winning seats in Sunday’s Upper House election, some female voters have expressed doubts about the government’s commitment to empowering women. In Sunday’s election 28 women won seats, matching the figure seen in the...
Monday, July 22, 2019
Japan election: Surge of women candidates could reshape male-dominated parliament
One of the world's most unequal parliaments could be about to get a lot more female, or ... maybe not. Voting is underway in Japan's general election, where a record number of women are running for office to fill 124 of the 245 seats in the upper...
Monday, July 15, 2019
Female candidates in Japan Upper House poll at record 28%, but hitting 30% Diet target doubtful
The ratio of female candidates for the upcoming Upper House election hit a record high, but whether the country can achieve its target of raising the percentage of female lawmakers in the Diet to 30 percent remains uncertain. A total of 104 women...
Friday, July 12, 2019
Barriers to election remain high in quest for gender equality in Japan
Why hasn’t Japan been able to eliminate the perception that politics is a man’s world? Gender equality, women’s active participation in the workplace and female empowerment have taken root in society, but women’s participation in the all-important...
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Is a new era dawning for women in politics?
By Robert D. Eldridge, Japan is known for its low rates of female participation in politics and ranks poorly internationally. However, there are some positive trends afoot, with the recent unified nationwide series of local elections seeing the...
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Japanese city gets its first ever female politician
Misuzu Ikeda becomes first assemblywoman in Tarumizu as record numbers of women elected nationwide. Misuzu Ikeda has struck a rare blow for Japanese women in politics by becoming the first female candidate to be elected to the local assembly in the...