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Shinzo Abe reshuffle leaves just one woman in Japanese cabinet

“…his decision to appoint one woman to the relatively low-profile role of regional revitalisation minister prompted criticism from an outgoing female minister and uncomfortable questions at his post-reshuffle press conference.

Asked why there was only one woman in his 19-member cabinet – one fewer than in his previous lineup – Abe claimed he had only just embarked on his ‘womenomics’ campaign to raise the standing of women in the workplace, although it is a cause he first championed soon after becoming prime minister in late 2012.

‘We must recognise that the ratio of women cabinet ministers is low compared with other countries, but Japan has just begun to create a society where women can be more active,’ he said. ‘I think we will nurture people who can become cabinet ministers.’

He claimed that the lone female appointee, the former career bureaucrat Katayama, had the determination of multiple women. ‘She is incredibly feisty. I know there is only one woman in this cabinet, but Ms Katayama has the presence of two or three women. I hope she will use that to promote the goal of female empowerment,’ he said, according to the Japan Times.

Seiko Noda, who was replaced as internal affairs minister by a man, said she was ‘extremely worried’ about the lack of female representation in senior positions in the party.”

Japan ranked 114th out of 144 countries in the World Economic Forum’s global gender equality rankings last year – down three places from a year earlier and the lowest among the G7 nations. The report said the poor assessment reflected the low number of women in politics.

Only 10% of MPs in Japan’s lower house are women, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union.”

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