Statistics show that Japan needs more female lawmakers

Embarrassing stat of the day: The Inter-Parliamentary Union came out with its latest survey results on gender breakdown in lawmaking this week, and Japan was ranked 98th. This is actually an improvement from last year, when we came in 104th, but we’re still way behind China (55th), North Korea (78th), and South Korea (82nd). Rwanda is the only country that has more women than men in its lower house (56.3%). The national average is 18.8%; Japan currently has 11.3%.

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  1. Why do these statistics show a need for more female lawmakers? Can a man not represent a woman and vice-versa? I think quotas are counter-productive.