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Tokyo is the capital of Japan and the most populous city in the world, with a population of over 14 million residents. Since 2016, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has been led by Governor Yuriko Koike, the first woman to hold the position.

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“Women make up half of our population, and I believe the active involvement of women across Japanese society will drive the creation of a new society, one that is rich in diversity.” Governor Koike

governor Koike in council on foreign relations (sep 2023)

Tackling Gender Bias

Governor Yuriko Koike shares her thoughts on gender equality issues in Japan and how local government policy can make a difference.

Advancing women in leadership

To promote the participation of women in decision-making and to reflect a diversity of opinions in policies, Tokyo introduced a quota system in councils and advisory groups of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, mandating that men and women each make up a minimum of 40 percent of the members of a group. This target was achieved in 2022.

Established the Comprehensive Plan for Promotion of Gender Equality (FY 2022-2026) and implementing various initiatives to promote gender equity

The comprehensive plan focuses on “changing awareness” to promote people’s behavioral change so that social policies and mechanisms will be fully utilized.

Tackling unconcious gender bias

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