March 31, 2006


Government's New Basic Plan for Gender Equality Starts

Keywords: Diversity Government Policy / Systems 

The Japanese government approved its Second Basic Plan for Gender Equality at a cabinet meeting on December 27, 2005. The plan was developed by reviewing the results of the projects implemented in the first basic plan, which was established in 2000 based on the Basic Law for a Gender-Equal Society enacted in 1999. In the new plan, 12 priority objectives are set out together with long-term policy directions up to the year 2020 as well as concrete measures to be implemented by the end of fiscal 2010.

As to promoting women's participation in policy-formulating and decision-making processes, one of the priority objectives, the government will encourage and support all measures designed to raise the ratio of women leaders to about 30 percent by fiscal 2020. The government also plans to increase the percentage of women among successful applicants in top-level national civil service exams for career positions to about 30 percent in fiscal 2010 from 21.5 percent in fiscal 2005.

As to supporting the establishment of a balance between work and family life, the plan aims to raise the ratios of child-care leave takers to 10 percent of men and 80 percent of women by fiscal 2014 (0.56 percent for men and 70.6 percent for women in fiscal 2004). As one of concrete measures to promote gender equality in the fields that need new initiatives, it aims to increase the percentage of female researchers in natural sciences to 25 percent. The government will make efforts to monitor and report progress of such initiatives.


Posted: 2006/03/31 11:32:57 PM
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