Party Politics

A Few Women in Japanese Party Executives

Japan has nine political parties. However, women are marginalised within the parties. Only three women are appointed as higher positions.
Party Politics

Women’s Consistency and Men’s Inconsistency in Political Beliefs: How Did the Four Candidates Talk about Gender Issues in the LDP Presidential Race?

The article focuses on the LDP presidential election on in September 2021. It discusses what attitudes to gender issues four candidates represented in their campaigns. Specifically, the article demonstrates their contrasting attitudes between male and female candidates. The two women were confident of their causes, whereas the two men changed their remarks on gender issues in the campaigns.
Female Lawmakers

Seiko Noda: Another female runner in the LDP presidential race

Who is Seiko Noda politically? This blog provides you with her political career and policies, describing her as a feminist.
Female Lawmakers

Who Sanae Takaichi is: A female challenger in the LDP presidential race

Sanae Takaichi is running the LDP Presidential election, planned on September 29, 2021. She is the former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's favourite politician. She worries Japanese people who are desire to develop gender equality and to create social diversities. This blog presents who Ms Takaichi is and what kind of gender ideology she has.
Political Culture

A Sexist Speech of Tokyo Olympic Chief Yoshiro Mori: He is not only one but one of them

There is no doubt that Mr. Mori’s inappropriate speech is a reflection of his consciousness and expectations about women. Later, his daughter made excuses for her 83-year-old father, reportedly, saying that he is too old to understand gender equality perfectly. It seems to be difficult for people of his generation or older to acquire attitudes toward gender equality. However, even senior people can liberate themselves form sexist consciousness through knowledge and practice. It is the party fault that the senior members have no chance to be taught about gender equality in their political careers and that they still behave in an inappropriate way.
Political Culture

Married Women’s Surnames (2): Why married couples must adopt the same surnames?

Japanese ultra-conservatives oppose married women's adoption of separate surnames from their husbands, because of three reasons, (1) damaging family bond and unity, (2) devaluing marriage, and (3) confusing children. However, these reasons have no solid ground. They are easily refutable.
Party Politics

Married Women’s Surnames (1): Shelving a free choice of family names for 25 years

Many Japanese women, especially those who wish or plan to get married, are disappointed that the LDP government dismissed law-making for married women who wish to adopt separate surnames from their husbands. Japan is the only country that bans married couples from choosing separate surnames.
Party Politics

LDP Goal 3030: How should the ruling party achieve its positive plan for women’s candidacy?

This LDP Goal is good news for Japanese women’s presence in the Diet. Legislative empowerment of Japanese women hinges on the ruling LDP’s attitudes towards the nomination of women’s candidacy because the party has maintained the majority of Diet seats for a long time, excepting twice regime changes. A significance increase in the number of female LDP Diet members automatically raises that of the entire Diet.
Voting Behaviors

Gender Gap: Which party do Japanese women favor?

Japanese politics witnesses gender gap in party or candidate preferences.According to one study, 57.9% of female respondents answered that they did not support any party while their male counterparts were 46%. Japanese women look as if they were political wanderers.
Female Lawmakers

A Troublemaker: Who is hostile to gender equality?

Mio Sugita, a female Lower House member, belonging to the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), often makes provocative speeches on gender issues. She describes same-sex couples as socially “unproductive” in her article that was contributed to a monthly magazine, called “Shincho 45,” issued August 2018. Naturally, she was criticized for her discriminatory viewpoints. She then apologized to voters for making a noise, but she never apologized to those whom she hurt nor withdrew her viewpoints. Sugita still hasn’t learnt her lesson. She makes a good use of gender-unequal culture prevalent Japanese politics.