At its executive meeting on Oct. 20, the LDP’s Headquarters for Promoting Women’s Active Participation finalized a bill that aims to have equal numbers of men and women run in Diet and prefectural assembly elections. The bill is designed to promote women’s participation in politics, which lags far behind that in other countries. The LDP plans to submit the bill during the current Diet session jointly with the Komeito and Nippon Ishin no Kai.
The bill requires parties to make efforts to field equal numbers of male and female candidates in elections for the Upper and Lower Houses of the Diet and prefectural assemblies. The bill asks each political party and political organization to take measures to this end, such as establishing a target number for male and female candidates. The bill, however, cannot be enforced, bringing into question its effectiveness.
During the last ordinary Diet session in May, the Democratic Party and three other opposition parties submitted a bill requiring political parties to endeavor to field an equal number of male and female candidates as much as possible. The LDP plans to negotiate with the opposition parties to reach an agreement on the final wording of the bill.