|LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai, pictured here in September, announced the plan at a news conference. (Photo by=Getty Images)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana]Days after Japan's Olympics chief was forced to resign over sexist comments, its governing party decided to invite women to attend key meetings - as long as they don’t speak BBC reported. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) proposed to allow five female lawmakers to observe its all-male board meetings.
Toshihiro Nikai, the 82-year-old LDP secretary-general, said during a news conference on Tuesday that he wanted to bring a female perspective to the meetings. However, they cannot talk during the meeting and will only submit opinions after. He added he’s aware of criticism of the male domination of the party's elected board and it’s important that female members of the party "look" at the decision-making process, he’s quoted by Reuters as saying.
Two women sit on the 12-person board of the LDP, which has been in power almost continuously since 1955. Women in Japan have long been alienated from politics and economic participation."It is important to fully understand what kind of discussions are happening. Take a look, is what it is about," he said. The country ranked 121 in a list of 153 countries on the World Economic Forum's 2020 Global Gender Gap Index. Currently, just 46 of 465 politicians in Japan's Shugiin or House of Representatives are women - that is about 10%, compared to the global average of 25%.