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.
governor yuriko koike
“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
- In 2022, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government conducted a survey targeting approximately 10,000 participants, including 5th and 6th-grade elementary students, parents, and teachers
- The results revealed common assumptions, among both adults and children, of certain occupations being more suitable or unsuitable based on gender.
- In response to the findings, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government held events to influence and engage both parents and children through immersive occupational role-plays.
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