Japan’s Ruling Party Wants Women to Remain Silent in Board Meetings

Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party wants more women included in their meetings do not want their input. LDP is currently the ruling party and has a history of exclusion of women on their board. Currently, they are proposing five women join the board and remain silent during the meetings. However, the women would be allowed to submit their opinions to the secretariat’s office. 

This move comes after LDP member and former Tokyo Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori said women spoke too much at meetings, causing them to last longer. He resigned last week as Olympics chief after his comments led to an outcry.

The party’s Secretary-General, 82-year old said it was important for women to listen in on the board meetings because “It is important to fully understand what kind of discussions are happening.”

The Realist Woman’s take:

What kind of bullshit is this? A former member of the party and chief of the Olympics makes this insane comment and this is what the solution is? To add women to the board only to make them stay silent and give their notes to the secretary after the fact? What in the shit?

I can’t with this. The “Womenomics” proposed by Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, where women’s participation in the economy would increase through policy measures, has yet to truly be implemented and produce much change. It seems that Japan takes a step forward towards effective and progressive change for women only to take five steps back.