Thursday, February 22, 2024

Women challenge male dominance in Japanese politics.

Female candidates in local elections in Japan this weekend are facing one of the toughest glass ceilings in the world. Participation in politics among women in the country is among the lowest, with women making up just 10% of lower house MPs, and over 30% of town and village assemblies having no female representatives. Female candidates also report being the target of sexual and other harassment during campaigns. However, there are signs of change, with a record proportion of female candidates running in last summer’s upper house election and new recruitment efforts by political parties following a 2018 gender equality law requirement to select similar numbers of male and female candidates.


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One comment

  1. Gwendolyn Bradley

    I don’t have any personal experience to share related to this topic, but I think it’s important to highlight the barriers that women face when trying to enter politics in Japan. It’s encouraging to see that there are some efforts being made to increase female representation, but it’s clear that there’s still a long way to go.

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