Joint Meeting of the Headquarters for Creating a Society in Which All Women Shine and the Headquarters for the Promotion of Gender Equality
June 13, 2023
Prime Minister Kishida wrapping up a meeting (1)
Prime Minister Kishida wrapping up a meeting (2)
On June 13, 2023, Prime Minister Kishida jointly held the 13th meeting of the Headquarters for Creating a Society in Which All Women Shine and the 23rd meeting of the Headquarters for the Promotion of Gender Equality at the Prime Minister’s Office.
At the meeting, the participants discussed the Intensive Policy for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality 2023 (Basic Policies Related to Women 2023).
Following the discussion, Prime Minister Kishida said,
“Today we approved the Basic Policies Related to Women 2023. In order to realize a sustainable society that values diversity, where all people can feel their purpose in life, we will push ahead with efforts regarding the following three priority issues.
The first is to promote initiatives aimed at achieving a virtuous cycle of empowerment of women and economic growth. With a view to accelerating the appointment of women in companies, we will first aim to raise the ratio of female executives in companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Prime Market, or Japan’s leading enterprises, to 30 percent or higher by 2030. In doing so, we will encourage them to set numerical targets of making efforts to appoint at least one female executive by around 2025 and formulate their respective action plans.
The second is to strengthen efforts toward higher incomes and financial independence of women. We will promote diverse and flexible working styles, including the correction of long working hours, increase productivity through reskilling, such as the development of female digital human resources, and enhance initiatives that meet the needs of local communities.
The third is to create a society where women can lead their lives with dignity and pride. We will take stronger action against domestic violence as well as sexual crimes and violence, including the smooth enforcement of the revised Spousal Violence Prevention Act, which recently passed the Diet, and provide lifelong support for physical and mental health, such as enhanced medical checkups conducted by employers.
In addition to the above three issues, we will further speed up efforts in science and technology and academia, disaster prevention, and other fields, so that we can achieve targets for the appointment of women set out in the Fifth Basic Plan for Gender Equality.
Based on the Basic Policies Related to Women formulated this time, I ask each minister to work together and forge ahead with government-wide efforts under the leadership of Minister Ogura.”