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TOKYO: Tokyo Governor KOIKE Yuriko likened Japan’s male-dominated political world to the Taliban on Friday, saying that although there was no Taliban in Japan, “I wonder why women’s advancement in society is so slow.”
Koike also referred to the fact that she is the only woman who has run in a Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) presidential election.
In Japan’s House of Representatives, 47 of the 462 seats are held by women, but only 12 are from the LDP.
Former Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications TAKAICHI Sanae has announced her candidacy for the upcoming LDP presidential election. If she does run, she will be the second woman to do so, following Koike.
The Tokyo Governor brought up the Taliban and its severe restriction of women’s rights in making a comparison to issues in Japan. She stated: “I hope there will be debate about how to improve this nation, regardless of gender.”
In 2008, Koike became the first woman to run in an LDP presidential election. She said: “It’s not easy to gather 20 people to endorse you. There are many things happening, like others trying to split the party. The Olympic and Paralympic Games are over, but I think it’s changed to a power game now.”
In Japan’s House of Councilors, 56 of the 242 seats are held by women, but only 17 are from the LDP.