21 Jun '11, 11am

"Japan is behind the international standard in terms of female presence in the political sector." -gov't white paper

"Japan is behind the international standard in terms of female presence in the political sector." -gov't white paper

Japan should promote women in politics and business, a government paper said on Tuesday, pointing out that they make up just 11 per cent of lower house members and one per cent of corporate leaders. -- PHOTO: REUTERS TOKYO - JAPAN should promote women in politics and business, a government paper said on Tuesday, pointing out that they make up just 11 per cent of lower house members and one per cent of corporate leaders. The white paper on gender equality suggested Japan introduce a quota system to boost the participation of women in politics, as it currently ranks 121st out of 186 nations in terms of the female presence in parliament. In the powerful lower house of parliament, only 11.3 per cent of lawmakers are women, up from nine per cent in 2005, said the report adopted by the cabinet of Prime Minister Naoto Kan. The figure in the upper house is 14 percent. 'Japan is be...

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