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Shamed by 147th ranking, Japan pushes for more women in politics

Lawmakers across party lines call for action after World Economic Forum report

Female legislators wear white to protest against sexist remarks by Yoshiro Mori, then-chief organizer of the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- One hundred and forty-seven out of 156 countries. That's where Japan stands in terms of women's political empowerment. The dismal ranking immediately prompted lawmakers across party lines to call for numerical targets to boost female representation in politics. 

"We need to accelerate our efforts even further," Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said Wednesday. "We hope to bolster women's empowerment with the cooperation of each party."

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