What earthquake?

Sometimes it is good to follow Swedish media. One of their headlines today said that there had been a major earthquake in Japan. True, there was an earthquake, but it was not felt in the Tokyo region and it was not really major according to Japanese measurements. It struck in the Tohoku region, again, but there was no tsunami warning and no damage. There are several tectonic plates meeting each other in the vicinity of Japan, three of them close to Tokyo, and there is a high risk of a major earthquake striking the Tokyo region anytime soon. But there is no reason to cause panic by talking about major earthquakes when they are relatively minor.

On the political scene there has also been talk of a major earthquake happening soon. One of the most popular topics for discussion seems to be when the Prime Minister will dissolve the House of Representatives and call a new election. In the meantime his third cabinet line-up within one year was presented yesterday. Many familiar faces returned to the Cabinet. But of the twenty ministers only one is a woman. No earthquake there either.

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    A strong earthquake in the politics of gender in Japan is really necessary.

    See “Women in Politics 2012″ by the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

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