The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has proposed a new plan that allows five female lawmakers to join the party’s key meetings as observers.
Toshihiro Nikai, the party’s 82-year-old secretary general, said on Tuesday that he heard criticism that the party’s board is male-dominated, but added that the board members are elected.
But it is important for the party’s female members to “look” at the party’s decision-making process, he said.
Those female observers can’t speak during the meetings
Japan is ranked 121st out of 153 countries on the World Economic Forum’s 2020 Global Gender Gap Index