Much has been written on the sexism that plagues corporate Japan, even as the government encourages companies to promote women into senior roles. But women face plenty of discrimination in the political sphere, too. Over the weekend, a Kyodo News survey found that 59% of female local politicians—or “prefectural assemblywomen”—reported sexual harassment from male colleagues…
Some survey respondents said male peers had followed them into their hotel rooms during study tours, and forcibly kissed them.It wasn’t just male politicians behaving badly. Some respondents reported voters agreeing to vote for them on the condition they poured drinks for them. Others said they had been groped by voters.
Not only are female politicians very few in number, but forcibly harassed by fellow politicians while groped by voters.
Women Power – a dream that still has a long way to go