TOKYO: Japan’s parliament on Wednesday handed a law to encourage feminine candidates to stand for elections in a rustic the place women are vastly underrepresented in politics.
Under the brand new law, political events are urged to make the variety of female and male candidates as equal as potential and are inspired to set targets for gender parity.
But the law contains no penalties for events that fail to accomplish that, nor incentives to encourage them.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made rising feminine participation within the workforce a key plank of his financial insurance policies as Japan struggles with a labour scarcity.
But solely 47 of the 465 members of parliament´s decrease home are women, a ratio of 10.1 p.c that places Japan behind Myanmar and Gambia when it comes to feminine authorities illustration, in accordance to the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
“I hope this law will make a big change in Japanese politics,” mentioned Internal Affairs Minister Seiko Noda, one of many members who drafted the laws, in accordance to public broadcaster NHK.
“I hope women who were hesitant to become candidates will be courageous” and run for election, she mentioned.
The law was put ahead by a cross-party group of lawmakers however reportedly confronted opposition in the course of the drafting course of regardless of containing no penalties for non-compliance.
Next 12 months Japan will maintain regional elections in April and elections for parliament´s higher home in July.
Japan ranked backside amongst G7 international locations within the World Economic Forum’s newest “Global Gender Gap Report”, coming 114th worldwide.