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More female lawmakers key to elevating women to leadership in Japan

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It's just a show. His numbers are down so he thinks appointing a few extra women will do the job

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Pretended and deceptive "new" cabinet.

One minister who insisted "fabrication" about inconvenient official documents and who declared "if it's real document, I resign" but didn't resign or other minister compel defective "My Number Insurance card" system to general citizen with wasting trillions yen taxes are staying, moreover far-rightist who want to justify and beautify prewar or wartime fascism Japan also became minister.

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More female lawmakers key to elevating women to leadership in Japan

What a disgrace of sentence, being it sooo far from true. And these ladies do not represent the more progressive thinking for women equality I'd also add, they are as old-school as the male counterparts in the picture.

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I agree with having more women as lawmakers/cabinet members, but they have to be skilled people with integrity. Takaichi should be nowhere near the government of a civilized country: a far-right despot-in-waiting.

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How about hire the best candidates?

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On TV interviews last night, their immediate focus was what colour dress to wear, choosing from three different styles and colours. Nothing on economics, defence, tourism, ageing, etc..

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More women in leadership means more women receive opportunities for leadership?

Not so fast. What does the data say? In companies, it is often the opposite. Women are typically less likely to promote other women beneath them.

Cramming a bunch of women, especially old women, into top slots for optics isn’t going to foster lower-level leadership opportunities. Raising the next generation of leaders requires a separate effort.

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Anything to break the "good ole boys club" is a good thing. Better for all Japanese women, since men in power haven't been helping women be treated equally nearly enough.

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…analysts have expressed hope that the move will lead to a substantial increase in the number of women lawmakers in male-dominated Japanese politics.

Who cares? Who cares what “analysts” think about a sexist political agenda demanding people go to the back of the bus if they are male?

We only care about whether these analysts process data without bias.

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South Korea have long followed my proposals and spirit of equality and protecting this equality between gender on long term.

In France, next to germany, the woman working hater, the problem is the set back on our equal gender cultura. If you don’t put quota, women disappear and we suspect killings.

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As a headline, yeah, more women are needed. You get more people into politics once they are represented and shown they can have a chance to not only participate but succeed in the game. While that’s almost a lie here since so many politicians are family hires, the point stands.

But also people need politicians they can look up to and respect. Want more women in politics? Stop flouting people like Sanae at the front as the person to try to be, a politician whos so against her own gender all to tow the LDP lines it makes you wince.

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More female lawmakers key to elevating women to leadership in Japan

How did this sentence actually pass the reviewers? What would those female lawmakers do that we don't have now, to elevate more women? Change laws in women's favour? That would breech the Constitution.

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ebisenToday 11:26 am JST

What would those female lawmakers do that we don't have now, to elevate more women? Change laws in women's favour? That would breech the Constitution.

Be visible, do a good job and serve as role models to inspire other women to do likewise, hopefully. No need for Constitution-violating changes.

(Takaichi will do her best to trash Article 9, but that's nothing to do with being a woman.)

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Japanese politicians are as pathetic as they come!

Their job should be to make laws to benefit the population but they waste time on shows and dressing up-pathetic!

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