Japanese politics still a man’s world

Japanese politics still a man’s world

9 June 2016

Author: Emma Dalton, La Trobe University

Japan has the lowest percentage of women’s political representation in the industrialised world. Only 12 per cent of seats in the national legislative assembly, the Diet, are held by women. This is compared to a 22 per cent world average and a 19 per cent average in Asia.

Japan’s ranking in the 2015 World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report at 101 out of 145 countries indicates some serious problems. Health and education are not problems for the women of Japan; it is economic and political empowerment where the stark inequality lies. Alongside female political under-representation, this inequality manifests in the relative dearth of women in most positions of power — women comprise 7 per cent of company heads, 18 per cent of court judges and 2 per cent of the nation’s mayors. The wage gap between Japanese men and women is approximately 27 per cent, compared to the OECD average of 16 per cent.

So what is the government doing about this lack of women’s political and economic empowerment?

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