Promoting women’s empowerment
Despite her own success, the newscaster-turned-politician laments the lack of progress on women’s empowerment in Japan.
“The crux of the problem is that women are absent from decision-making situations and few men are willing to support women’s empowerment,” said Koike.
“Tokyo provides opportunities to make decisions (for women), including various committees.”
As of last August, more than 40 percent of the committee’s members were women, she added.
“That’s how we reflect women’s voices, nurture women professionals, and make the most of their talents.”
First elected to the National Assembly in 1992, Ms. Koike keeps her cards close to her heart as to her next political move.
She has not said whether she will seek a third term as governor of Tokyo, whose term ends in 2024, and has repeatedly denied any intention to return to politics.