INTERVIEW: Katayama Vows to Tackle Concentration in Tokyo with Women's Perspectives


Tokyo, Oct. 28 (Jiji Press)--Satsuki Katayama, the only female member of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet, has expressed her intention to give weight to women's perspectives in promoting regional revival and correcting the overconcentration of population in Tokyo.

Speaking in a recent interview with Jiji Press and other media organizations, Katayama, appointed to the post in the Oct. 2 cabinet reshuffle, pointed out that she is the first female regional revitalization minister after her three male predecessors.

Women's moves hold the key to dealing with the concentration of population in the Japanese capital because "more women than men are coming to the Tokyo area." she said.

"I'll work hard to create a social system that will help women pursue what they live for where they are, strike a balance between work and private life, and live a good life," Katayama said.

The government aims to balance people's inflow into and outflow from Tokyo by 2020, while the inflow is actually growing. Asked about the possibility of revising the goal, Katayama said she believes that the important concept of correcting the concentration is unlikely to be reviewed at least under the Abe government.

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