Japan has a new government but remains “A democracy without women”. Such is the bitter observation expressed on September 23 in Tokyo at the Club of Foreign Press Correspondents (FCCJ) by Tomomi Inada, member of the Liberal Democratic Party, the PLD in power, and former Minister of Defense.
The cabinet formed by Yoshihide Suga, which took office on September 16, has only two women out of 21 ministers: Yoko Kamikawa in justice and Seiko Hashimoto in charge of the Olympic Games. “The impression still dominates in Japan that politics is a man’s business”, M analysisme Inada. The elected representative of Fukui (Center) herself had to overcome the opposition of her parents when she presented herself for the first time in 2005.
Known for her nationalist positions, Mme Inada went to the Yasukuni shrine, symbol of militarist Japan, and disputes the accusations about the role of the Japanese army in establishing the system of so-called “comfort” women, a euphemism for women forced into prostitution for the military during the war.
Nothing indicates a desire to change the situation
Within the PLD, however, in 2015 she established a commission to reflect on LGBT-related issues. She contributed to a book co-authored by 10 women parliamentarians and published in April, calling for the establishment of quotas and the adoption of a law on parity. During the party’s internal campaign at the beginning of September, which led to the election of Mr. Suga to succeed Shinzo Abe at the head of the government, she, along with other elected officials, submitted proposals in this direction to the candidates.
“It seems they weren’t taken seriously” she regrets. Nothing indicates a desire to change the situation in a listed country, in 2020, 121e out of 153 countries in terms of gender equality by the World Economic Forum, and where women represent only 10% of parliamentarians.
The policy promoted in 2014 by Shinzo Abe for “To make women shine” has opened up the labor market to them a little more, but the jobs they occupy remain mostly precarious and poorly paid. The goal of having 30% of women in positions of responsibility by 2020 has been postponed to 2030.
The inertia of the political world contrasts with the debates that cross society. M’s positionme Inada followed the announcement, on September 22, of the selection by the American magazine Time, of two Japanese women among the 100 most influential personalities of 2020.
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