Japan PM Shinzo Abe boosts women in cabinet

Japan PM Shinzo Abe boosts women in cabinet

BBC News – Wednesday, 03 September 2014 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has brought five women into the cabinet in a reshuffle, while retaining ministers in key posts. The move means there are now seven women in the cabinet, equalling the previous high set by Junichiro Koizumi’s cabinet in 2001. Mr Abe says better use […]

Women: The Economic Saviors of Japan?

Women: The Economic Saviors of Japan?

Emily S Chen – The Diplomat – Tuesday, 12 August 2014 (originally published 10 Aug) Gender balancing in business is no longer the exclusive agenda of women’s right activists in Japan; it now has the full attention of the Japanese government. To counter the country’s aging workforce and flaccid economy, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe […]

Japan rethinks cultural bias against working mothers

Japan rethinks cultural bias against working mothers

TV Asahi/CNN – WBRC – Monday, 27 May 2013 (originally published 22 May) TOKYO (TV Asahi/CNN) – The government is now reaching out to an underutilized demographic – highly skilled mothers. In Japan, with its aging population and shrinking birthrate, increased female participation in the workforce, or womeonmics as it’s been dubbed, matters. In April […]

Global campaign targets rape in conflict zones

Global campaign targets rape in conflict zones

Phil Moore – Amnesty International – Tuesday, 27 November 2012 (originally published 23 Nov) Tens of thousands of civilians fled in fear this week as the armed group M23 marched into the eastern Congolese city of Goma – worsening an already dire human rights situation.  Following the city’s fall to the M23 on Tuesday, many more […]

Many Asian Women Now Manage Family Finances

Many Asian Women Now Manage Family Finances

Paul Zach – Jakarta Globe – Wednesday, 25 April 2012 (originally published 23 Apr) Ismail Giu no longer pockets the money he earns as the man in charge of protocol for the government of Gorontalo in Indonesia. It all goes straight into his wife’s bank account. In yet another sign that times are changing in […]

The best and worst places to be a woman

The best and worst places to be a woman

Independent –  NZ Herald – Thursday, 08 March 2012 (originally published 05 Mar) When more than half of the world’s population wakes up on Thursday – the 101st International Women’s Day – it will be hard to know whether to celebrate or give in to despair. “From London to Lahore,” says Oxfam, “inequality between men […]

Japan planning breast milk radiation tests

Japan planning breast milk radiation tests

Kyung Lah – CNN – Friday, 13 January 2012 (originally published 12 Jan) Tokyo (CNN) — Some new mothers in Japan may soon be adding radiation testing of their breast milk to their list of health checkups. Government officials say they are considering widespread testing of breast milk samples of new mothers in Fukushima Prefecture, home […]

Japan: miracle quake survivors

Japan: miracle quake survivors

A bit of good news, even as the death toll from Japan’s double-whammy disaster reaches more than 8,000 Gavin Blair – Global Post – Monday, 21 March, 2011 (originally published 20 March) MIYAGI, Japan – Even as the confirmed death toll rose to 8,133 on Sunday, there was a rare piece of good news as […]

(Japan) Radiation and Pregnancy

(Japan) Radiation and Pregnancy

David Leonhardt  –  The New York Times – Monday, 14 March, 2011 Douglas Almond, a Columbia University economist who has studied the effects of the Chernobyl disaster, is concerned that the Japanese government may not be doing enough to warn pregnant women to leave any areas at risk of radiation exposure. Those areas can be […]