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I’m glad to see editorials like “Women for decision making” (Jan. 7). Just wanted to add a couple of comments. The goal of increasing the number of women in “decision-making roles” to 30 percent by 2020 was made earlier than 2005. It was made official in the 1999 basic law for a gender-equal society and its plan the following year.

Women’s groups in Japan have been pushing for quotas for the purpose of increasing the number of women in politics since 1992. Their campaigns have mostly fallen on deaf ears. The government has never officially endorsed quotas for women in politics.

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