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Editorial: Full probe of Japan’s SDF must be conducted to stamp out sexual violence

Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada has ordered a special defense inspection of all Self-Defense Forces (SDF) personnel in a bid to stamp out sexual violence and other forms of harassment.   The Inspector General’s Office of Legal Compliance, which is directly overseen by the minister of defense and headed by a former superintendent public prosecutor will conduct the investigation from….Read more

  • September 9, 2022
  • , The Mainichi
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EDUCATION > Universities

Number of female university teachers in Japan at record high

TOKYO — The number of women teaching at universities in Japan hit a record high this May, a more than fourfold increase from 30 years ago, recently released preliminary government data showed.   There were 50,975 women in teaching positions at public and private universities as of May 1, up 738 from the previous year and making up an unprecedented 26.7….Read more

  • September 4, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 11:00 a.m.
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SOCIETY

Editorial: Japan must not ignore gender inequality, low female representation in filmmaking

Female representation among those involved in Japan’s filmmaking is still low, as the industry has been neglecting to address the gender gap issue.   According to the Japanese Film Project (JFP), an organization engaging in efforts to tackle problems in the film industry, of last year’s 16 live-action movies that exceeded a box office revenue of 1 billion yen (roughly….Read more

  • August 29, 2022
  • , The Mainichi
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SOCIETY

Interview: Female LDP lawmaker discusses women in politics

Yomiuri’s Yamasaki Takafumi interviewed LDP member Matsukawa Rui, who was elected to the Upper House in July 2016.    Yomiuri: What do you think of the Kishida administration’s measures to promote women?   Matsukawa: The government is maintaining and promoting the previous administrations’ policies to empower women, such as requiring companies of a certain size to disclose the wage gap….Read more

  • August 22, 2022
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
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ECONOMY

Commentary: Women can help revive innovation for Japan Inc.

By Nobuko Kobayashi   In 2020, chemists Emmanuelle Charpentier from the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens in Berlin and Jennifer Doudna of the University of California, Berkeley, jointly won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for their gene editing technology, CRISPR-Cas9.   The groundbreaking discovery by the duo of female scientists left a memorable impression as women are….Read more

  • August 26, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 5:00 a.m.
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SOCIETY

History of sexist, anti-LGBTQ remarks by Japanese lawmaker Mio Sugita

TOKYO — People are voicing protests online and elsewhere after Mio Sugita, whose discriminatory remarks about LGBTQ and other sexual minorities sparked controversy, was appointed in Japan as Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications in the reshuffled Kishida Cabinet. Below the Mainichi Shimbun looks back on the 55-year-old’s past remarks.   The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) member wrote….Read more

  • August 24, 2022
  • , The Mainichi
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SOCIETY

Japan ministry adds female lecturers to online course after backlash

TOKYO — Japan’s land ministry said Monday it has added 15 women to the lineup of lecturers for a planned online course on community development for public servants, after it came under fire for having initially filled all 25 speaker spots with men.   The decision follows numerous complaints that the Japanese government has failed to implement more effective measures to….Read more

  • August 22, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 7:21 p.m.
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POLITICS

Questions in GOJ opinion poll on different surnames intended to avoid displeasing LDP

Monday’s Asahi led with the finding that the questions in a GOJ public opinion survey on different surnames for married couples conducted in January this year were worded in a way that was intended to avoid displeasing conservative LDP lawmakers, many of whom are strongly opposed to allowing married couples to have different surnames. As a result of “deference to….Read more

  • August 22, 2022
  • , Asahi
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SCIENCE

Creating parity in the field of science in Japan

BY NOBUKO KOBAYASHI CONTRIBUTING WRITER   This series explores topics surrounding women who began their careers in Japan following the implementation of equal opportunities employment legislation in the mid-1980s. With many now reaching the age of retirement, it is hoped their stories can provide insight and lessons for women in Japan’s working world today.   Professor Noriko Osumi, 61, is….Read more

  • August 16, 2022
  • , The Japan Times
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POLITICS

Just 2 women picked as ministers in Japan Cabinet reshuffle

TOKYO — Prime Minister Fumio Kishida selected just two women for a total of 19 ministerial positions in a Cabinet reshuffle Wednesday, highlighting Japan’s slow progress in fulfilling gender parity.   Sanae Takaichi, 61, was named minister for economic security, and Keiko Nagaoka, 68, secured her first Cabinet post as minister of education, culture, sports, science and technology.   The number fell short….Read more

  • August 10, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 7:26 p.m.
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