Japanese women are running for parliament in record numbers, but face many obstacles

Handmade fans and noisemakers for use at a rally for Sakura Uchikoshi, an opposition candidate in JapanÕs July 21 upper house election, are pictured in Mitsuke, Niigata, Japan, July 9, 2019. Picture taken on July 9, 2019. REUTERS/Linda Sieg

When anti-nuclear activist Junko Isogai ran for office in Japan’s northern Niigata region, it had an awkward dimension: not just stump speeches and chats with constituents, but entertaining potential backers.”I was asked to pour sake, make flattering conversation and act in a way men wouldn’t dislike,” Isogai, 45, a mother of two teenage girls, told […]

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