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Voters elect 41 women to the Tokyo assembly, the most ever

By Ikegami Momoko, staff writer    Tokyo voters sent a record 41 women to their metropolitan assembly in the most recent election, up five from the last vote.   Women now make up 32 percent of the 127-member chamber, metropolitan officials said.   The July 4 election also saw the largest number of female candidates ever at 76.   Kiyo….Read more

  • July 6, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 5:01 p.m.
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Women comprise only 5.9% of division chiefs at Japanese government agencies

The proportion of women at Japanese government ministries and agencies who hold the position of division chief or director was 5.9% overall for FY2020, according to a Cabinet Office release dated July 1. This represents an increase of 0.6% from FY2019, but is lower than the government goal of 7%. Seven out of 18 institutions did not reach the target.….Read more

  • July 2, 2021
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 7
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Editorial: Harassment of all kinds prevent women from entering politics

Many women engaged in politics in Japan are victims of sexual and maternity harassment from voters and their colleagues. This outrageous situation must not be allowed to continue.   Not only is such harassment a powerful factor that deters women from pursuing political careers but it also constitutes a grave human rights violation.   A revised law to promote gender….Read more

  • June 25, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 3:10 p.m.
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Harris, Merkel and Ardern: Japanese women ask what about us?

NATSUKO NAKAMURA, Nikkei senior staff writer   TOKYO — The Japanese Supreme Court again upheld a law requiring married couples to have the same surname, dealing a blow to the many women hoping for a breakthrough.   The ruling follows a similar decision delivered in 2015. Though the concept of family and marriage changes with the times, the thinking at Japan’s top court….Read more

  • June 24, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 11:46 a.m.
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Japan’s failure to close gender gap ‘very disappointing’: report

TAKUYA MIZOROGI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japan expressed dismay Tuesday over trailing most of the world on gender equality, calling its 120th-place ranking among 156 countries “very disappointing” as the prime minister pushed to do better.   The self-criticism came as part of a task force review of progress toward the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Prime Minister….Read more

  • June 23, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 3:44 a.m.
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Editorial: Work style challenges for women laid bare amid coronavirus crisis

With the spread of the novel coronavirus infection, various issues surrounding women have been brought to light. The government needs not only to support those in need but also to pay attention to the background situation.   A Cabinet Office panel of experts has compiled a report stating that the coronavirus pandemic has had a serious impact on the lives….Read more

  • June 23, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 11:49 a.m.
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Tokyo bourse seeks to sell more diverse Japan Inc. to investors

KENICHI ONOZAWA, HIROKO MATSUMOTO and SHUNJI ONUKI, Nikkei staff writers   TOKYO — The Tokyo Stock Exchange wants to make Japan’s blue chip companies more like their socially conscious and diverse U.S. and European counterparts under an upgraded corporate governance code that took effect Friday.    The latest change in the code, originally adopted in 2015, encourages Japan’s biggest corporations to….Read more

  • June 12, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 12:07 p.m.
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Japan ranks poorly in survey as place to raise children, Cabinet Office survey

By Ryuichi Hisanaga, staff writer   Japan in the eyes of young people hoping to raise a family ranks far and away behind other countries, especially in comparison with three European nations, a survey shows.   The study by the Cabinet Office found that 61.1 percent of Japanese respondents did not think Japan was an easy place to raise children.….Read more

  • June 12, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 2:50 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Crime

“It is absurd to be arrested for having sex with a 14-year-old”: CDPJ lawmaker

It has been learned that regarding the criminal code that prohibits sex with minors under age 13 across the board, a member of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) had made repeated remarks condoning sex between an adult and a junior high school student. He made the remarks at a meeting of the party’s “working team on revisions to….Read more

  • June 7, 2021
  • , Asahi digital , 9:14 p.m.
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CDPJ’s Honda apologizes that his “insufficient knowledge made people uncomfortable”

By Sodeyama Kaori   On June 8, House of Representatives member Honda Hiranao of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) — 56 years old and elected to office from the Hokkaido proportional representation electoral district — spoke to the press at the Diet building regarding his comment on revisions to sexual offense provisions in the criminal code and apologized.….Read more

  • June 8, 2021
  • , Hokkaido Shimbun digital , 10:03 p.m.
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