As this roundup demonstrates, on issues surrounding female empowerment in Japan, the news is mixed:
- Parts of the unreleased diary of feminist Raicho Hiratsuka are now on display at a museum in Nagano, 50 years after her death. In protest at sexist comments by ex-Tokyo Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori, the exhibition also covers the history of “women who don’t stay silent.”
- One female and one male athlete may swear the Olympic Oath in Tokyo this summer in a nod toward gender equality, Kyodo reports. Meanwhile, we await Tokyo organizers’ equality and diversity pledges, promised for May. Did we miss them?
- Women accounted for a record proportion of government recruits in April, comprising just over a third of new bureaucrats. The same government is also recognizing a record number of women in this year’s spring honors: 428 — out of 4,136.
- Of the 1,797 execs at Japan’s commercial broadcasters, only 40 are female, a survey shows. And it’s not just the media: The new boss at Mitsubishi Chemical tells Bloomberg he has yet to see a female manager at any of the meetings he has attended.
- In a first, the government has set aside funds to alleviate “period poverty,” a problem exacerbated by the pandemic. But locally, few municipalities are stepping up to help financially struggling women get hold of sanitary goods, the Chugoku Shimbun reports — leaving NGOs to fill the void.