Record-Tying 28 Women Elected in Japan Upper House Poll

Politics

Tokyo, July 22 (Jiji Press)--Twenty-eight women were elected in Sunday's election for the House of Councillors, tying the record high marked in the previous election for the upper chamber of Japan's parliament in 2016.

Of the total, 18 won seats in prefecture-based constituencies, up by one from the 2016 election and hitting a record high, while 10 were elected in the nationwide proportional representation system.

Meanwhile, the share of elected women in all female candidates dropped 2.3 percentage points from the 2016 election to 26.9 pct, falling behind 36.1 for that of winners among all male candidates.

The triennial Upper House election was the first large-scale national election that has been held since the enactment in May 2018 of the law that calls on political parties and other political organizations to make efforts to field equal numbers of men and women in elections.

Women accounted for a record 28.1 pct of all candidates, but the proportion of women among all successful candidates was lower, at 22.6 pct.

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