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Japan to delay ‘womenomics’ goal by ‘as much as a decade’
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Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 15:15
By Newpaper24

Members of Japan’s parliament attend a decrease home parliament session in Tokyo, Japan, on April 2, 2020. (PHOTO / STR / JIJI PRESS / Newpaper24)

TOKYO – Japan will delay by as much as a decade its goal to lift the proportion of girls in management posts to 30 p.c – a part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s marketing campaign to empower ladies – after failing to hit the deadline this 12 months, home media have reported.

Abe’s insurance policies to spice up the function of girls within the economic system and politics, dubbed “womenomics”, is a pillar of his efforts to deal with Japan’s low delivery charge and getting older inhabitants.

The brand new goal date shall be postponed to “as early as doable by 2030” in a recent five-year gender equality plan to be accepted by Abe’s cupboard this 12 months, the Mainichi newspaper mentioned

Japan’s world rating on gender parity, nevertheless, fell to 121st out of 153 international locations in a World Financial Discussion board report for 2020, the most important hole amongst superior international locations and down from 101st when Abe took workplace for a uncommon second time as prime minister in 2012.

Solely 15 p.c of senior and management posts are held by ladies, in keeping with the report. Abe’s 19-member cupboard has two feminine ministers and simply shy of 10 p.c of lawmakers in parliament’s highly effective decrease home are ladies.

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“Reaching the goal throughout 2020 is unattainable, realistically talking,” the Mainichi newspaper quoted a authorities supply as saying, with out figuring out the supply.

The brand new goal date shall be postponed to “as early as doable by 2030” in a recent five-year gender equality plan to be accepted by Abe’s cupboard this 12 months, the paper mentioned on Friday.

“I feel there’s a lack of dedication by the federal government and that is the proof,” mentioned Machiko Osawa, a specialist in labour economics at Tokyo Girls’s College, commenting on the delay.

An official on the authorities’s Gender Equality Bureau mentioned consultants have been presently discussing the brand new primary coverage plan however she couldn’t say once they would attain a conclusion.

READ MORE: Gender parity still lacking in lower house election in Japan

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