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Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe has positioned himself as an enthusiastic advocate of promoting equality in Japanese society.

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‘Womenomics’A key part of his policy of economic reforms, dubbed ‘Abenomics’, involves getting more women into the workforce; and the term “womenomics” has been used to describe this aspect of his politics.

But despite this rhetoric, Japan has actually slipped in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) global ranking of the gender gap dropping from 111th in 2016 to 114th in 2017.

In the Budget Committee meeting, Mr Abe claimed that over the last five years, the female employment rate had risen, and that it was now higher than that of the United States for women over 25 years of age.

The number of female employees cheap canada goose in the workforce has increased canada goose sale uk since 2012 and according to 2016 OECD figures, Mr Abe is also correct in saying that the employment rate of women is higher than that of the United States for those who are over 25.

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Quantity, not qualityHowever, Atsuko Muraki, visiting professor at Tsuda University and a former vice minister for Health, Labour and Welfare, says female employment in Japan has increased in quantity Canada Goose Parka but not in quality.

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canada goose coats Mr Abe’s government enacted a law aimed at achieving gender equality in the workplace in 2015. It made companies with more than 301 employees set targets for increasing women in management and publish their results. canada goose coats

However, there are no penalties for failing to comply.

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Canada Goose Jackets The main reason for Japan falling down the rankings in the WEF’s index was “reversals of progress” in political empowerment. Canada Goose Jackets

Mr Abe’s 2014 cabinet was noted for equalling the highest number of female Cabinet ministers ever in Japanese history (seven out of 18).

However, his current 20 member Cabinet has only two women in it justice minister Yoko Kamikawa and Seiko Noda, whose canada goose coats brief covers internal affairs, women’s empowerment, and social security.

canada goose black friday sale Only 47 out of 465 lawmakers in the House of Representatives are women. Percentage wise, this is the lowest level in the G8, and also lags behind other countries in the region like South Korea, Indonesia and China. canada goose black friday sale

Mariko Bando, president and chancellor of Showa Women’s University in Tokyo, cheap canada goose decoys says the political system is partly to blame, but says it is also the responsibility of the country’s political parties.

Japan elects its members of parliament in two ways; 289 members are chosen in single seat constituencies by plurality, and the remaining ones are elected in block districts by proportional representation.

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