JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.88

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JSDF Female Personnel Empowerment Initiative

JSDF Female Personnel Empowerment Initiative

The MOD recognizes that further expanding the number and quality of female JSDF personnel is a pressing need given the new security environment and population trends. In this context, on April 17th, the MOD released the JSDF Female Personnel Empowerment Initiative. The Initiative clarifies the value of promoting more active roles of women in the JSDF and its policy on human resource management for women, with the goal of making the JSDF more attractive and closely adapted to the age and environment.

The Initiative aims at doubling the percentage of female JSDF personnel and opens virtually all positions in the JSDF to women after a thorough review of existing restrictions.

The Initiative also sets out a future plan to increase the number of female recruits and improve working environment for women.

The establishment of the Initiative demonstrates a more open JSDF for people considering a career with the MOD/JSDF. It also calls for JSDF personnel to further raise their awareness and further accelerate the promotion of more active roles of female JSDF personnel.

Overview of the JSDF Female Personnel Empowerment Initiative

1. Value of promoting more active roles of female JSDF personnel

♦ Securing talented human resources

♦ Utilizing diversity

♦ Reflecting the sense of gender equality among the nations

2. Paving the way for motivated and qualified women to tackle challenges in various fields and aiming to double the percentage of female JSDF personnel
3. Opening all JGSDF positions previously closed to women
   ⇒Virtually all positions in the JSDF are open to women(*)

*Tunneling units and parts of the NBC Weapon Defense Unit of the JGSDF and submarines of the JMSDF will continue to be closed to women due to labor legislations and the space limitation of the equipment.

4. Increasing the number of female recruits and lifting quotas based on gender
JSDF Female Personnel Empowerment Initiative
JSDF Female Personnel Empowerment Initiative
JSDF Female Personnel Empowerment Initiative
JSDF Female Personnel Empowerment Initiative
JSDF Female Personnel Empowerment Initiative
JSDF Female Personnel Empowerment Initiative
JSDF Female Personnel Empowerment Initiative
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