Kayoko Fukushima, Director of UN Women Japan Liaison Office, Oct 2015. Wikimedia Commons
By Richard Solomon
The Japan Times-Dec 3
Shortly after becoming minister in charge of promoting “dynamic engagement of all citizens” in the Abe administration, Katsunobu Kato was asked if Japan could expect a woman to ascend the Imperial throne anytime soon. Kato, whose job in the Cabinet at that time also included promoting women’s roles in society, quashed the idea by replying he was against ending current rules of male-only hereditary succession.
First published in: The Japan Times