Japan’s lower house to investigate gender equality in food

Japan’s Lower House of Diet is planning a questionnaire on women’s participation in politics, as the country lags far behind in terms of female representation in national parliaments.

In Japan, women legislators made up just 9.7 percent of all elected in last year’s lower house elections.

A survey by the Inter-Parliamentary Union shows that as of April 1, Japan ranked 166th out of 188 countries surveyed in terms of ratios of women in lower or single houses of parliament.

Japan’s Lower House has decided to survey all parliamentarians and political parties about the measures they have taken to promote women’s participation in politics.

The 58-point questionnaire includes questions on whether they think the number of women legislators in the Japanese Diet is satisfactory, whether they think an initiative is needed to ensure a certain number of women legislators, and whether they think the women legislators should take responsible for maternity and child care. leaves.

It also asks political parties whether their platforms value gender equality and whether they think the proportion of women executives in their parties is sufficient.

The Lower House plans to present the results of the anonymous survey during the current session of the Diet.

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