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Percentage of female national public servants hired in April hits record high  

Asahi, Nikkei, Mainichi, and Sankei reported on Saturday that the Cabinet Bureau of Personal Affairs announced on Friday that the percentage of women among the national public servants who were hired as of April 1, 2021 hit a record high of 37.0%, up by 0.2 points from the previous year. 

  • May 29, 2021
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Nikkei, Sankei
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Gov’t panel warns of widening gender gap in Japan due to pandemic

TOKYO – The prolonged coronavirus pandemic is likely to lead to a widening of the gender gap in Japan, already the worst among major advanced countries, unless the government takes action, a Cabinet Office panel said recently.   In a report compiled in late April, the panel of experts said the crisis has led to an increase in domestic violence….Read more

  • May 16, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 12:39
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Harris’s fashion popular with Japanese women

The fashion style of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris is drawing a lot of attention in Japan. During her election campaign in 2020, she created an atmosphere that is casual yet formal by often wearing a jacket, Converse sneakers, and pearl accessories. The fresh yet easy-to-adopt style is attracting the attention of Japanese working women.


Over 60% say gender equality not realized in Japan, Kyodo News poll

TOKYO — More than 60 percent of people in Japan think gender equality, guaranteed by the Constitution, is not or not greatly realized in the country, despite the government’s efforts to reduce the underrepresentation of women in politics and business, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday.   The figure goes up to 70 percent if only females among the 64….Read more

  • May 4, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 7:00 a.m.
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Women and temps hit hardest by Japan’s job market upheaval

YUMIKO URASAKI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — More than a year of coronavirus-related disruption has left a mark on employment in Japan, particularly among the women and temporary staff who make up much of the service sector, government data released Friday shows.   An employment survey for fiscal 2020 showed the first overall decline in employed people in nine….Read more

  • May 1, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 0:47 a.m.
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Editorial: Next Lower House election a test of women’s empowerment

Women make up half of the population, yet they account for only 10 percent of Lower House members and occupy just 20 percent of seats in the upper chamber, a level of political representation that ranks among the lowest in the world.   Each political party has an obligation to field as many female candidates as possible in the Lower House….Read more

  • May 4, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 1:58 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Health

Tokyo Report: Suicide increasing among women, minors in Japan

Tokyo, April 26 (Jiji Press)–More women and children are dying by suicide in Japan due to economic difficulties and changes in life amid the novel coronavirus crisis.     Last year, 20,919 people killed themselves, an increase of 750, or 3.7 pct, from 2019, according to a preliminary report by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. The increase was the….Read more

  • April 26, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 7:30 p.m.
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Tokyo court rejects different surnames in family register

Tokyo, April 21 (Jiji Press)–Tokyo District Court on Wednesday ruled against an attempt by a couple who married in the U.S. state of New York in 1997 to enter their different surnames in a family register in Japan.   The couple, filmmakers Kazuhiro Soda and Kiyoko Kashiwagi, filed the lawsuit after their notification of marriage with different family names was….Read more

  • April 21, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 10:25 p.m.
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60 pct of Japan female local assembly members harassed

Tokyo, April 10 (Jiji Press)–Nearly 60 pct of female local assembly members in Japan have experienced harassment by voters or colleagues, nearly twice the figure for men, a Cabinet Office survey has shown.   The proportion of local assembly members who said they have experienced harassment came to 57.6 pct for women, against 32.5 pct for men, according to the….Read more

  • April 10, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 3:40 p.m.
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Study: Women shun science studies due to masculine image

By Shiori Ogawa, staff writer   Few women choose to study mathematics at university, in part because it is regarded as an intellectual pursuit for men, a study shows.   The number of people in Japanese society who have little regard for intellectual women is anything but small and they tend to regard mathematics and physics as masculine subjects, according to research by scholars….Read more

  • April 11, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 6:44 p.m.
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