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Name: Basic Law for a Gender Equal Society (Law No. 78 of 1999).
Country: Japan
Subject(s): Equality of opportunity and treatment
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 1999-06-23
Entry into force:
Published on: Kampo Gogai, 1999-62, Vol.1/3, No. 118, pp. 7-8
ISN: JPN-1999-L-54049
Bibliography: Kampo Gogai, 1999-62, Vol.1/3, No. 118, pp. 7-8
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Abstract/Citation: The purpose of this law is to promote gender equality by setting forth basic ideas of policies and responsibilities of the central and local governments. The basic ideas for creating a gender equal society are: 1) respect of the rights of men and women, 2) taking into account systems or customs of society, 3) participation of men and women in policy decision-making processes, 4) harmonization of activities at home with other activities, 5) international cooperation. Under this Law, the government has the responsibility to take legislative and financial measures to implement the policies regarding creation of a gender-equal society. It should also submit an annual report to the Diet on such measures. The central and local governments should also draw up basic plans to create a gender equal society in order to promote such policies. Unofficial English translation available.

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