More than 60% of Japan does not realize gender equality: Kyodo poll

    A Kyodo News poll showed that more than 60 percent of people in Japan think about gender equality, guaranteed by the constitution, despite efforts to reduce the underestimation of women in politics or business in the country.

    This figure rises to 70 percent if only among 64 percent of respondents who believe that gender equality in Japan is inadequate, 57 percent are counted as compared to male respondents.

    The survey states that more than 80 percent of all respondents are given preferential treatment in the realm of politics and social norms.

    A total of 60 percent said married couples should be able to keep a separate surname, while 38 percent said they are against the idea. The Civil Code of Japan requires a married couple to share a surname.

    The World Economic Forum said in March that Japan ranked 120 out of 156 countries in the Gender Difference Rankings in 2021. The body noted the low level of women’s participation in the political and economic sphere.

    The Government of Japan had set a target in 2003 to fill 30 percent of leadership positions in the country with women by 2002, but failed to meet the target, to date in the policy review “at the earliest within 2020”. The form was pushed back. At the end of last year.

    The country’s continued poor performance in narrowing the Lingayat gap was highlighted by sexual remarks in February by former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, who has been named as the meeting for women, after being posted as head of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee Was forced to leave “drag” because they talk too much.

    In a survey conducted by Mail in March and April before Constitution Memorial Day on Monday, a total of 77 percent said they hoped for or hoped for a Japanese female prime minister.

    Asked which positions should be filled more by women in the multiple choice question, lawmakers and heads of municipalities were elected by 52 percent of the respondents, ministers by 48 percent and local assembly members by 47 percent.

    In a question about the factors needed for women to become leaders in various fields, 59 percent opted to eliminate the “sense of resistance by men” and 55 percent said “to deal with both work and tasks” Support “such as housekeeping, childring. Care for senior family members.

    As a desirable division of labor for a married couple, 45 percent chose a situation in which both husband and wife work, but housekeeping or childring with more leeway.

    Only 7 percent chose a situation where the husband works and the wife produces housekeeping or children.

    Due to the requirement of a civil code for a married couple to share a surname, women have traditionally been heavily burdened to change their name after marriage.

    On the reasons for supporting different surnames, 64 percent said they respect a person’s freedom. In opposition to the idea, 48 percent cited a loss of family unity.

    The survey targeted 3,000 people aged 18 or over, of which 61.3 percent gave valid answers.


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