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Women secured record 35 seats in July 10 Upper House election

A record 35 women, or 28 percent of all 125 victorious candidates, were elected in the July 10 Upper House election.   This topped the previous record of 28, achieved in both the 2016 and 2019 Upper House elections.   Around a third, or 13, come from the ruling Liberal Democrat Party, accounting for 21 percent of the party’s successful….Read more

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Record 35 women win seats in Upper House

Mainichi reported that a record 35 women won seats in the Upper House election on Sunday. The previous high of 28 was set in 2016 and matched in 2019. A total of 181 women ran in the race, accounting for 33% of all candidates. The paper noted that the percentage of women among those elected rose by 5.4 points from….Read more

  • July 12, 2022
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Record 35 women elected to Japan upper house

TOKYO – A record 35 women won seats in Sunday’s House of Councillors election in Japan after votes were tallied Monday, breaking the previous record of 28 set in 2016 and matched in 2019.   The result reflects a slow but gradual change in the country’s male-dominated political landscape, with the number of female candidates who ran in the triennial….Read more

  • July 11, 2022
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Record 35 women win Upper House seats in Sun. election

Tokyo, July 11 (Jiji Press)–The number of women who won seats in Sunday’s House of Councillors election in Japan came to 35, the highest for any poll for the upper chamber of the Diet, the country’s parliament.   The previous record high was 28, marked each in the 2016 and 2019 Upper House elections. Of the 35 female candidates, 21….Read more

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Top court upholds damages ruling in Japan’s #MeToo symbol’s rape case

TOKYO – Japan’s Supreme Court has finalized a ruling ordering a former senior television reporter to pay journalist Shiori Ito 3.3 million yen ($24,000) in damages over a high-profile rape case that helped spark Japan’s #MeToo movement.   The top court upheld a Tokyo High Court ruling in January favoring Ito, saying Noriyuki Yamaguchi, a 56-year-old former Washington bureau chief for Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc.,….Read more

  • July 10, 2022
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Japan’s slow shift on LGBT+ rights under scrutiny as election nears

ALICE FRENCH and RURIKA IMAHASHI, Nikkei staff writers   TOKYO — Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party-led coalition appears to have a clear path to victory in Sunday’s upper house election. LGBT+ rights advocates and opposition politicians, meanwhile, see a road to equality laden with obstacles, and are using the campaign to raise awareness about the country’s slow progress on same-sex….Read more

  • July 7, 2022
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Focus: Record women, LGBTQ election hopefuls run to shake up Japan politics

TOKYO — A record number of both women and LGBTQ candidates are campaigning to win over voters in the House of Councillors election on Sunday and potentially bring change to Japan’s male-dominated political landscape.   While some advocates have hailed the unprecedented number of female and openly LGBTQ hopefuls, the candidates’ policies will be put to the test as surveys….Read more

  • July 7, 2022
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Measures to empower women featured in election pledges

Tokyo, July 8 (Jiji Press)–Japanese ruling and opposition parties feature measures to empower women in their platforms for Sunday’s House of Councillors election with a record proportion of female candidates.     The ruling Liberal Democratic Party aims to create a better working environment for women, including by eliminating the wage gap between male and female employees.     In its pledges for the….Read more

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Local assemblies identify barriers that stop women entering politics

By YOSHITAKA ISOBE/ Staff Writer   Local politicians across Japan feel that more needs to be done to help women enter and remain in politics, from combatting sexual harassment to beefing up maternity leave policies, according to a new survey.   And assemblymen pointed to another obstacle they think is preventing women from breaking the glass ceiling: The views of….Read more

  • July 7, 2022
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