Japan Mulls Assigning Female Officers to Submarines

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Tokyo, Aug. 31 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Defense Ministry is considering assigning female Self-Defense Force officers to posts in submarines by lifting restrictions on such assignments, ministry sources said Friday.

The move is part of the ministry's efforts to give women more opportunities and secure personnel at the SDF.

If the ministry goes ahead, the move will make almost all job categories in the SDF open to women. Female officers have already boarded submarines on short-distance missions to help the Maritime SDF identify issues.

Women account for around 15,000, or some 6.5 pct, of all 230,000 SDF personnel, according to the ministry. It aims to bump up the proportion to over 9 pct by 2030.

In 1993, the ministry started removing restrictions on assignments of female officers.

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