Jul 3, 2014

Non-LDP Tokyo assembly members want sexist hecklers to confess

Forty-three members of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly support their colleague Ayaka Shiomura’s call for those who heckled her during a recent session to come forward. A survey released Wednesday received responses from 44 of the assembly’s 127 members. All 58 members from the Liberal ...

Jun 26, 2014

Activists demand action on sexism

by Ayako Mie

While the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party hope the furor over misogynist comments will swiftly blow over, others are continuing to press for a crackdown on discriminatory behavior in politics. On Thursday in Tokyo around 100 people participated in a ...

Jun 24, 2014

Harassment rife in local assemblies

by Masami Ito

The sexist taunting of a female politician during a session of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly is part of a long-running problem and victims often suffer in silence, some assembly members say.

Lawmaker apologizes for sexist jibe

Jun 23, 2014

Lawmaker apologizes for sexist jibe

by Masaaki Kameda and Kazuaki Nagata

A Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker apologized on Monday for shouting a sexist remark last week at a female colleague from Your Party during a plenary session of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly. Akihiro Suzuki, 51, apologized at a news conference at City Hall five days ...

Ending Japan's sexism requires men to lean in, too

Jun 21, 2014

Ending Japan's sexism requires men to lean in, too

by William Pesek

Ayaka Shiomura’s tears show why Shinzo Abe’s talk of empowering Japan’s women is still more hot air than policy. The Tokyo assemblywoman two days ago urged colleagues to budget assistance for women struggling to balance work and child rearing, and to offer funding for ...