Women still largely absent from politics
Japan ranks 106th in female participation in national legislature
By KAZUAKI NAGATA
When it comes to female participation in politics, Japan lags far behind other nations.
If Japan is going to catch up with the countries that boast a high percentage of female politicians, women must create a nationwide movement, according to panelists at a symposium advocating more women in politics.
"It's something that has to be fought for and refashioned by each generation," Kari Hirth, an official at the Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo, said at a symposium held Saturday in the capital sponsored by the Tokyo-based Alliance of Feminist Representatives.