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Women make up 11% of prefectural assembly members

  • April 1, 2020
  • , Mainichi , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

The internal affairs ministry on March 31 announced the gender breakdowns of prefectural and municipal assemblies as of December 31, 2019. Of the total number of 2,668 assembly members in the nation’s 47 prefectures, 303 were women, accounting for 11.4% of the total. As of the end of 2018, there were 262 female prefectural assembly members, which made up 10.0% of the total. There were no assemblies made up of only male members, but the Yamanashi prefectural assembly had only one female member. Yamagata Prefecture and the Tokyo metropolis were the only prefectures whose governors were women. Thirty-five of 1,740 mayors of municipalities, including ordinance-designated cities, were women. There were 29,762 municipal assembly members and 14.6% of them, or 4,337, were women. As of the end of 2018, the figures were 13.4% and 3,997, respectively.

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