Sep 22, 2014

Ministry to hire record number of women in '15

The number of women working in the Finance Ministry as career-track employees is set to rise to an all-time high of seven in the business year ending March 2015, up from five the previous year, informed sources said Monday. The increase is a reflection ...

Woman organizes 'girls-only' IT security event

Sep 18, 2014

Woman organizes 'girls-only' IT security event

by Yasushi Kakizaki

A Tokyo woman eager to network with other women interested in information security recently organized a “girls-only” event on the subject in the Roppongi district touted as the first in the country. Called “CTF for Girls,” the event also offered beginners a chance to ...

Abe recommits to 'womenomics'

Sep 12, 2014

Abe recommits to 'womenomics'

by Masaaki Kameda

At an international conference focusing on women, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday renewed his pledge to promote the status of women in society. Speaking to an audience of about 1,000 people attending the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo, Abe vowed to address ...

Women's work culture under fire

Sep 12, 2014

Women's work culture under fire

by Chikako Mogi and Kyoko Shimodoi

One morning in February, the government personnel department began an experiment in a nondescript building in a Tokyo residential area that could end up rewriting the rules of the nation’s powerful bureaucracy. For the first time, it invited 19 women from different ministries to ...

Japanese woman steps into new role at IAEA

Sep 10, 2014

Japanese woman steps into new role at IAEA

by Ken Udagawa

Tomiko Ichikawa, 52, hopes to “be of service to Japan and the world” after taking on her new role in July as special aide to Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Ichikawa, who has garnered extensive experience working at a ...

Sep 4, 2014

Ex-prostitute marches on Paris for law to criminalize clients

A former prostitute began an 800-km (500-mile) march across France on Wednesday to demand that the French government make good on its promise to penalize clients. Rosen Hicher, 57, an activist for the group Survivors of Prostitution, is protesting that a law to fine ...