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LDP still lagging far behind in gender equality in politics

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A law to promote gender parity in elections the Diet passed unanimously last spring urges political parties to try as much as possible to field equal numbers of male and female candidates in elections.

The slates of candidates selected by the parties for the July 21 Upper House election, however, do not show any notable progress toward the goal. The huge disparity between the numbers of male and female candidates makes a mockery of the spirit of the law for gender equality in politics.

Women account for only 28 percent of all the candidates for the first national election since the law was enacted.

The figure represents a record-high ratio of female candidates for the chamber’s election. But it is far too small to represent any significant improvement of the deeply lamentable situation.

Only three of the major parties with incumbent Diet members have a ratio of female candidates higher than 40 percent--the Social Democratic Party, the Japanese Communist Party and the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan. The figures for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner,........

© The Asahi Shimbun