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EDITORIAL: Next Lower House election a test of women’s empowerment

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Women make up half of the population, yet they account for only 10 percent of Lower House members and occupy just 20 percent of seats in the upper chamber, a level of political representation that ranks among the lowest in the world.

Each political party has an obligation to field as many female candidates as possible in the Lower House election that must be held by autumn to help correct this gender disparity in politics.

Three years have passed since a law to promote candidate gender parity in both national and local elections came into force. It calls for political parties to make utmost efforts to ensure the numbers of their male and female candidates match as far as possible.

The upcoming poll will be the first one in which members of the lower chamber are elected after the new law was enacted.

Women constituted only 28 percent of all candidates for the Upper House election in 2019, the first national poll held after the law took effect.

The ratios of female candidates were 45 percent for the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan and 55 percent for the Japanese Communist Party. But........

© The Asahi Shimbun

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