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Percentages of female candidates for each party in 2017 Lower House election

The Diet has just enacted a law on “gender equality” for candidates in national and local elections. Will this bring about any change in Japan’s political culture in which male dominance is the accepted norm in both national and local elections?

 

Since the law will take effect as soon as it is promulgated, all political parties will now be obliged to make efforts “as much as possible” to ensure that they have equal numbers of male and female candidates in all elections.

 

Percentage of women among each party’s candidates and successful candidates in 2017 Lower House election

 

 

LDP

Komeito

CDPJ

P. of Hope

JCP

SDP

Ishin

Total no. of candidates

332

53

78

235

243

21

52

Female candidates

25

5

19

47

58

4

4

Percentage of women

8%

9%

24%

20%

24%

19%

8%

 

Total no. of successful candidates

284

29

55

50

12

2

11

Female candidates

22

4

12

2

3

0

1

Percentage of women

8%

14%

22%

4%

25%

0%

9%

 

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