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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...
Monday, April 22, 2019
Japanese women see record election win, but parity remains slow
Women won just 10.4 percent of the seats up for grabs in Japan’s regional assembly races yet still recorded a record high, Kyodo News said, highlighting the slow pace of improvement for gender equality in the country’s government. Results from the...
Thursday, October 04, 2018
Shinzo Abe reshuffle leaves just one woman in Japanese cabinet
Japan’s prime minister, Shinzō Abe, has appointed just one woman to his new cabinet, raising questions about his commitment to “make women shine” in business and public life. But he claimed that the regional revitalisation minister, Satsuki Katayama...
Friday, July 27, 2018
Women cabinet ministers in Japan
The Global Gender Gap Report released in November 2017 by the World Economic Forum ranked Japan 114th out of 144 countries. This was a fall of three places from the previous year. The ranking is based on four categories: economic participation and...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Japan passes law to get more women into politics
Japan's parliament on Wednesday passed a law to encourage female candidates to stand for elections in a country where women are vastly underrepresented in politics. Under the new law, political parties are urged to make the number of male and female...
Friday, April 13, 2018
Japan: Diet to fix low rate of women in national and local politics
The Lower House moved to address the low representation of women in politics with a bill April 12 urging political parties to field male and female candidates in national and local assembly elections in equal numbers. The proposed legislation could...
Monday, April 02, 2018
Japan’s internal affairs minister Seiko Noda opens political school for women
GIFU – Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Seiko Noda, a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, on Sunday opened a political school in Gifu Prefecture to foster female politicians. The school was set up in the city of Gifu, which...
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...