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Japan's democracy biased without women participating: LDP lawmaker

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"If women do not have a place to discuss policies they want to see enacted, Japan's democracy cannot help but be biased," she said at a recent press conference in Tokyo.

And she is exactly right. We need more women in prominent political and business roles in Japan, period

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Despite what some people say, many women here in Japan enjoy being housewives and have no other ambitions beyond spending the money their husbands earn.

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The problem is that most normal people (both men and women) are not interested in joining the sleazy world of party politics unless they are already well connected millionaires. To what extent do any of these politicians represent the views of the average man, let alone the average women? Elevating the wives and female members of wealthy political dynasties might tick the female empowerment box, but it doesn't guarantee representation for the average woman.

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Despite what some people say, many women here in Japan enjoy being housewives and have no other ambitions beyond spending the money their husbands earn.

...a reflection of the system that grooms them as champions of unconscious consumption?

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As Defense minister, Inada was known for her incompetence and indecisiveness and often bewildered her US counterpart. I suspect that her statement about equal opportunity in politics was motivated by the fact that she hadn’t been given a cabinet post in the new government.

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She is hardly a positive example of any gender having any role in overseeing my life.

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Japan's democracy biased

What democracy?

And when it comes to Inada, I just hope she slithers back under the rock she crawled out from under

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Japan's democracy biased

That’s enough said. No need to bring women into it.

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The question is very simple,is Japan a real democracy?

In the real conception of democracy,I have my doubts.

Women here face so many discriminations in a macho old style mentality that thank God is getting away from the west.

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Elevating the wives and female members of wealthy political dynasties might tick the female empowerment box, but it doesn't guarantee representation for the average woman.

That's very true. It is also pointless having female politicians who ape entrenched male attitudes on social issues, the family, women's issues, etc. simply to create a "not soft" image.

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Biased democracy or not, the main factor lies in rooted culture and established tradition, not in the nature of politics. There is always hope for change, and change it will be albeit gradually in time to come..

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Isn't it a little weird that people like Inada and Koike talk about empowering women in politics, but as members of Nippon Kaigi consistently and vehemently oppose gender equality?

I guess empowerment is OK for them but not for the common woman.

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自民党议员:日本的民主制度, 在没有妇女参与的情况下有偏见。

民主是否存在,主要因素在于根深蒂固的文化和既定的传统,而不在于政治的本质。总是有改变的希望,并且改变会在未来的时间里, 逐渐发生..。

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The question is very simple,is Japan a real democracy?

NK is a Monocracy.

Japan is a duelocracy, like US, Australia, NZ etc.

a multiocracy would include women, rich, poor, minorities, gay etc.

so in a duelocracry, women are not allowed.

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Japan's so-called democracy is biased against everyone if you are not a japanese male.

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Sad as it is to say, female members of the LDP frequently hold views that are just as regressive as those of their male counterparts, so it hardly matters...

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Sorry, I agree in principle but there should be qualified women in such positions. Inada is an idiot in my opinion.

P. SmithToday  06:51 am JST

Despite what some people say, many women here in Japan enjoy being housewives and have no other ambitions beyond spending the money their husbands earn.

True, and that is also true in most, if not all other countries.

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