November 30, 2022

Gender quota for political candidates removed from Japanese bill

A multi-stakeholder group of Japanese lawmakers promoting women’s participation in politics has declined to include a clause on numerical goals for female political candidates in an amending bill.

Wakako Yata | KYODO

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has opposed the idea of ​​forcing political parties to set targets for the proportion of women in all candidates they present in elections, citing the difficulty of replacing many lawmakers and members of local assemblies across the country by female candidates.

The Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party) also argued that it would be difficult to make the setting of such digital goals mandatory.

Instead, the Bill to Revise the Promotion of Gender Equality in Politics Act, which was developed by the multi-stakeholder group of lawmakers on Tuesday, included a clause aimed at preventing sexual harassment against legislators, members of local assemblies and political candidates, in an effort to improve the environment for the political arena and increase the number of women politicians.

The bill also calls on state and local governments to design measures to help politicians balance their work with parental or nursing care, for example by expanding the scope of acceptable reasons for not attending assembly sessions. parliamentary or local.

Wakako Yata, member of the House of Councilors of the People’s Democratic Party and general secretary of the all-party group, told reporters, “We hope to work to continue revising the law, including to introduce a (gender) quota system.”

The group aims to submit the bill to the current parliamentary session, which will run until June 16.

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