Unexpectedly: In Japan No Babies Allowed to Enter Council Session

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A local Japanese politician was boosted from the council session for bringing seven-month-old son with her.

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Yuka Ogata’s baby was forbidden from the floor for violating assembly rules, the Kumamoto officials said. According to its regulations, visitors and observers are not allowed on the floor, even if they are the young children of politicians.

Yuka Ogata was forced to leave the infant with a friend and the session started 40 minutes late.

As it was reported, it was the first time Ms Ogata had attended a plenary session since she gave birth to her son. She said she wanted to show how difficult it is for working women to combine motherhood and career.

“I wanted the assembly to be a place where women who are raising children can also do a great job,” she told the Mainichi newspaper.

Changings are coming?

The council said the question of support lawmakers who had young children will be discussed.

“We would like to work on a system where assembly members can participate in meetings with their children,” Speaker Yoshitomo Sawada, according to the Mainichi.

Japan is a country with very traditional gender roles. Women are still expected by the society to give up the career after having a baby. Japan is ranked 114 out of 144 in the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap report, according to BBC.

Meanwhile, Australian Senator Larissa Waters breastfed her baby in parliament while she voted:

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