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Hashimoto Seiko Takes Over as Tokyo Olympic President
February 18, 2021

Hashimoto Seiko Takes Over as Tokyo Olympic President

By Associated Press
Following the blowback from the previous president’s sexist comments, the male-dominated Organizing Committee tapped a woman to lead.

Tokyo Olympic Chief Mori Resigned, But His Sexist Remarks Still Rankle
February 16, 2021

Tokyo Olympic Chief Mori Resigned, But His Sexist Remarks Still Rankle

By Thisanka Siripala
For many, Mori’s derogatory remarks toward women were the final straw in growing distrust behind the delayed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
Tokyo Olympics Hits a New Roadblock: Sexism
February 09, 2021

Tokyo Olympics Hits a New Roadblock: Sexism

By Yukari Easton
Sexist comments from the organizing committee head underline Japan’s deep-seated gender issues.

Japan’s Struggling Single Mothers Expose the Flaws of Womenomics
January 19, 2021

Japan’s Struggling Single Mothers Expose the Flaws of Womenomics

By Thisanka Siripala
As the pandemic exacerbates poverty rates among single mothers, the shortcomings of womenomics reforms are on full display.

Japan’s New Gender Equality Policy Takes a Step Back
December 31, 2020

Japan’s New Gender Equality Policy Takes a Step Back

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s law requiring married couples to use the same surname has come under the spotlight as a significant obstacle to women’s empowerment.

In Japan’s Post-Abe Era, Addressing Political Gender Inequality is Essential
September 17, 2020

In Japan’s Post-Abe Era, Addressing Political Gender Inequality is Essential

By Nick Stores
A more uncertain and competitive political climate could lead to urgently needed quota legislation for female politicians.

Can Japan Kickstart Paternity Leave Among Workaholic Fathers?
February 11, 2020

Can Japan Kickstart Paternity Leave Among Workaholic Fathers?

By Thisanka Siripala
Public support is growing to make parental leave compulsory for fathers. But will that encourage a more equal sharing of the childcare burden?
Japanese Women Campaign Against Mandatory High Heels
June 24, 2019

Japanese Women Campaign Against Mandatory High Heels

By Thisanka Siripala
A controversy surrounding women being forced to wear high heels at work has exploded into a new #KuToo protest movement.

Japan’s Domestic Violence Cases Reach All-Time High
April 15, 2019

Japan’s Domestic Violence Cases Reach All-Time High

By Thisanka Siripala
After years of community pressure to raise awareness, abuse victims are speaking out in record numbers.

Japan Ranks Worst Among G7 on Gender Gap Index
December 31, 2018

Japan Ranks Worst Among G7 on Gender Gap Index

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan made small improvements in the World Economic Forum’s gender equality ranking but remains alarmingly behind.

Japan Helps Explore the Gender Dynamics of Violent Extremism
March 07, 2018

Japan Helps Explore the Gender Dynamics of Violent Extremism

By Daniel Hurst
A Tokyo-backed project shines a light on online behavior in four Asia-Pacific countries.
‘Womenomics’ Comes to Japan's Defense Sector
May 09, 2017

‘Womenomics’ Comes to Japan's Defense Sector

By Mayuko Yatsu
Women are making in-roads in the Defense Ministry and Self-Defense Forces, but more needs to be done.

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