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LDP, other parties fall short of their goals for gender parity

Most political parties including the ruling Liberal Democratic Party have fallen short of their goals to have more female candidates running in the Upper House election this summer.    The Upper House election will be the third national election since the candidate election gender parity law came into force in May 2018. The law seeks to have the number of….Read more

  • May 25, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 6:18 p.m.
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Bill to enhance support for vulnerable women passed in Japan

TOKYO – Japan’s parliament approved Thursday a bill for a law to strengthen support for vulnerable women, such as those dealing with poverty, and domestic and sexual violence.   The new law, to go into effect in April 2024, is meant to encourage the state and municipalities to better address these issues by helping women get back on their feet, coordinating with women’s….Read more

  • May 19, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 2:33 p.m.
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Editorial: Reforms needed to help women play key role at medical facilities

The discrimination against women that has continued in medical school entrance exams is being reviewed. It is also urgent to improve the workplace environment, in addition to entrance exams, so that women can play an active role on the front lines of medicine.   According to a survey by the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry, the average pass….Read more

  • May 12, 2022
  • , The Japan News
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73% of Japanese female researchers find it difficult to balance work and family: Tokyo Shimbun survey

The percentage of women among researchers in Japan is the lowest among the signatories of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) at 17.5%. The Tokyo Shimbun asked 203 female researchers in the sciences why they think the percentage is low. Seventy-three percent, the largest share, said it is difficult to balance work and family (household chores, child rearing,….Read more

  • April 23, 2022
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 1
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FOCUS: Japan to require listed firms to disclose female manager ratio

TOKYO – Japan has decided to require listed companies to disclose in their annual securities reports the ratio of women in management positions, in a bid to increase female leaders in the country’s male-dominated corporate world.   The Financial Services Agency’s move to oblige about 4,000 firms, mostly listed, comes as investors are paying more attention to how women are….Read more

  • May 1, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 11:12 a.m.
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Gender gap closes in medical school entrance exams

By Sachiko Asakuno and Noriko Ueda / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writers   The success rate for women taking Japanese medical school entrance exams has surpassed that for men for the first time in the 2021 academic year that ended in March.   This result was the fruit of universities correcting inequalities between male and female applicants in response to the….Read more

  • April 29, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 10:30 a.m.
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Japanese government calls for museums to appoint female directors

The Cultural Affairs Agency has issued a notice to museums and local governments nationwide recommending that women be appointed as museum directors, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.   It has been noted that many women are curators at natural history and art museums, while men usually fill the director post.   The notice was issued on April 15, following the….Read more

  • May 1, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 2:19 p.m.
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Noda pledges to accelerate women’s professional development in digital technology

On April 26, the Council for Gender Equality approved the “plan for women’s professional development in digital technologies,” which the public and private sectors will implement over the next three years, with an eye to promoting women’s economic independence. The plan is centered around promoting continuing education and thereby creating an environment where women who are raising children or caring….Read more

  • April 27, 2022
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
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Photo studio chain provides working haven for women

Nearly all workers at a nationwide chain of children’s photo studios are female, and women account for 85 percent of managerial positions at the company.   Studio Alice Co., which is becoming a haven for women seeking long-term careers, started its transformation from a male-dominated corporate culture not because of social pressure or in the name of equality. The company….Read more

  • April 10, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 8:00 a.m.
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Editorial: Japan urgently needs to replace out-of-touch law to support struggling women

Multipartisan lawmakers in Japan are working toward creating new legislation to support struggling women including those being abused by their spouses, sexual violence victims and women in poverty. The current public aid system is based on the Anti-Prostitution Act of 1956, and is out of touch with reality. It needs an urgent update.   The current support system was established….Read more

  • April 4, 2022
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