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Interview with U.K. and Norwegian ambassadors: Women in politics

By Yamashita Minako   Women make up about 18% of candidates in the House of Representatives election, which was announced on Oct. 19. This figure falls far short of the government’s goal to “have women hold 30% of leadership positions by the early 2020s.” The Nikkei interviewed Inga Nyhamar and Julia Longbottom, ambassadors to Japan from Norway and the U.K.,….Read more

  • October 25, 2021
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Single-seat districts exacerbate difficulty in increasing female candidates

By Yamashita Go and Ose Kotaro, graphics by Kato Keitaro   According to a tally by the Asahi Shimbun, some single-seat electoral districts have a relatively high percentage of female candidates, such as Gifu No. 1 district (59%). Niigata no. 4 district (50%), Saitama No. 13 district (44%), Hokkaido No. 11 district (43%), and Gunma No. 5 and Fukui No.….Read more

  • October 18, 2021
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IMF official calls on Japan to promote science education for women

Washington, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)–Ranil Salgado, assistant director at the International Monetary Fund, called on Japan to promote science education for women to secure personnel for digitalization.     Small and midsize companies in Japan, which play a key role in economic growth, are falling behind in digitalization, Salgado, the IMF’s mission chief for the country, said in a recent interview….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 10:53 p.m.
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Women make up less than 18% of candidates in Japan general election

TOKYO — Women account for 17.7 percent of the candidates running in Japan’s Oct. 31 general election, a figure largely unchanged from the previous election despite government efforts to boost female representation in politics.   Of the 1,051 candidates contesting the 465 seats in the House of Representatives, the powerful lower chamber of parliament, only 186 are women, down 23….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
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Women account for under 20% of candidates in Oct. 31 election

By Yamashita Go, staff writer   Women represent less than 20 percent of the expected candidates running in the Lower House election, despite a 2018 law that presses parties to field male and female candidates in comparable numbers.   The Oct. 31 election is the first for the Lower House since the law came into force. Official campaigning starts on….Read more


No party sets goal of having women make up 50% of their candidates in LH election

The Act on Promotion of Gender Equality in the Political Field came into force in 2018 to encourage political parties and other entities to field male and female candidates in equal proportions as much as possible. The upcoming Lower House election will be the first since the Act came into force. What kinds of measures are major political parties taking….Read more


Japan has lowest share of women studying science: OECD report

TOKYO – Japan had the lowest share of women studying science among 36 comparable Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member countries in 2019, the organization’s latest annual report has shown. OECD pointed out Japan’s significant gender gap in the areas collectively termed STEM, science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and said the country needs to inspire women to pursue these studies.….Read more

  • October 9, 2021
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New labor leader hopes to help women crack the glass ceiling

By Fiujisaki Mari, staff writer   The first woman to chair Japan’s largest labor organization decided she would step into the role after listening to her own advice to young women: “Don’t miss an opportunity.”   Tomoko Yoshino, 55, became the eighth head of Rengo, the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, on Oct. 6.   Yoshino was previously one of the….Read more

  • October 7, 2021
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Japanese trading firms encouraging active participation by women

Tokyo, Oct. 6 (Jiji Press)–Major Japanese trading firms are moving into full gear to train female workers, aiming to encourage the active participation of women in the industry.   Those companies are expanding hiring of women and reinforcing executive training for mid-level female employees.   They view diversifying human resources as essential for their sustainable growth.   On Friday, Itochu….Read more

  • October 6, 2021
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Japan’s largest labor body likely to have 1st-ever female president

Tokyo–The nomination committee of Japan’s largest labor organization said Tuesday it has selected Tomoko Yoshino, one of the body’s vice presidents, as its candidate for next president, who will be the first-ever female chief if appointed.   The successor of Rikio Kozu, 65, the head of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, known as Rengo, is expected to be picked at….Read more

  • September 28, 2021
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