A catch-up on recent news and features addressing Japan’s gender gap, said to be the worst among major advanced countries:
- Where are we now? About two-thirds of people in Japan think gender equality — guaranteed by the Constitution — remains elusive here, despite recent efforts to address the underrepresentation of women in politics and business, a Kyodo poll shows.
- The pandemic will lead to a widening of the gender gap unless the government takes action, a Cabinet Office panel warns. The crisis has led to a rise in domestic violence cases and suicides among women, while also hitting them harder financially.
- A group of lawmakers promoting women’s participation in politics has given up on including a clause on numerical targets for female candidates in an amendment bill. The ruling LDP cited the difficulty in ousting male incumbents to make way for women.
- As part of Voice Up Japan, students are promoting discussions on gender equality via platforms such as Instagram and podcasting, and the mainstream media in Japan is starting to take notice, Zanete Zujeva writes.
- Beyond the Yoshiro Mori sexism row, deeper structural issues continue to drive discriminatory practices in sport, former athletes and gender experts tell Magdalena Osumi. Until these are rooted out in Japanese sport, gender equality is unattainable, they say.