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Abortion legal and apolitical in Japan, but cost and consent present barriers

Last week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn its landmark 1973 decision that deemed abortion a constitutional right has reignited the controversial debate over access to the procedure in the United States.

  • June 28, 2022
  • , The Japan Times
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ECONOMY

Listed firms in Japan actively hiring women as outside directors

Tokyo, June 25 (Jiji Press)–More and more publicly traded companies in Japan are actively appointing women as outside directors, induced by the country’s stricter corporate governance code and pressure from investors.   Business experts, an environmentalist, a freelance newscaster and an Olympic medalist were among new female outside directors welcomed to corporate boards this year.   While companies are making their boards….Read more

  • June 25, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 3:50 p.m.
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Infographics: Women running in Upper House election

  • June 23, 2022
  • , Mainichi, Sankei
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SOCIETY > Women

Editorial: Use information disclosure as leverage to correct disparities

In recent years, the promotion of women’s empowerment has become a pillar of national labor policy. It is crucial for this pillar not to end up simply as an empty slogan.   The government has decided to make it mandatory for companies to disclose wage differences between their male and female employees. This rule has been included in the Basic….Read more

  • June 19, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 5:04 p.m.
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Diet gender gap needs fixing, say bulk of Lower House members

The low ratio of female representation in the Diet needs to be rectified, say the bulk of Lower House lawmakers.   A combined 82.7 percent of respondents said the present number of female Lower House members, 46, was either “insufficient” or “somewhat insufficient.”   The results of the first ever survey of sitting Lower House members were released on June 9.….Read more

ECONOMY

Editorial: Japan’s new gender pay gap rules a chance to eradicate inequality

It is unfair that men and women have significantly different incomes while working at the same workplace — and there is an urgent need to eradicate the gender pay gap.   Companies in Japan will be required to disclose the wage gap between men and women under the “women’s version” of the government’s Basic Policy for Economic and Fiscal Management….Read more

  • June 9, 2022
  • , The Mainichi
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SOCIETY

Japan falls behind on women in boardrooms as Europe makes strides

EIKI HAYASHI and KOHEI YAMADA, Nikkei staff writers   FRANKFURT/TOKYO — Japan is struggling to place more women on corporate boards even as Europe and Asian hubs like Hong Kong make progress, dealing a potential blow to Tokyo’s ambition to become a center of global finance.   Women held 12.6% of board seats across major Japanese companies in 2021, according….Read more

  • June 9, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia
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POLITICS

Japan eyes reform of outdated labor systems based on gender “roles”

TOKYO – The Japanese government on Friday called for a revamp of old-fashioned labor practices, taxation and social security systems that have left the nation’s gender gap largely intact for years, taking issue with the stereotypical notion of the roles expected of men and women.   A policy blueprint to promote women’s economic empowerment states that the once deep-rooted belief….Read more

  • June 3, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 11:02 p.m.
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SOCIETY

Japanese women in 30s stay in workforce as parental benefits improve

By MAYUMI HIROSAWA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Women in their 30s in Japan continue to make progress in workforce participation, greatly flattening their once-pronounced M-shaped dip stemming from pressure to quit jobs and become stay-at-home mothers.   Among the working-age population, which starts at age 15, the percentage of women employed or actively looking for work has historically….Read more

  • May 28, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:10 a.m.
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SOCIETY > Women

Sparks fly after Itochu publishes the birthrate of its employees

By TAKEHIRO TOMODA/ Staff Writer   Itochu Corp. published a birthrate among its employees as an index for promoting women’s participation and advancement in the workplace, stirring controversy within the company and on social media.   The major trading house said in April that the company’s total fertility rate–the average number of children a woman is expected to give birth….Read more

  • May 27, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun
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