Japan's Democratic Party leader Renho walks to the parliament in Tokyo. She has announced her decision to step down as the leader of the largest opposition party. Photo: Xinhua

Guilty or not, scandals stick like glue to Japan’s women politicians ... so why do the men get away with it?

Recent resignations of Democratic Party leader Renho and Minister of Defence Tomomi Inada may or may not be warranted, but men in high posts seem to have more political cover to weather similar storms

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Japan's Democratic Party leader Renho walks to the parliament in Tokyo. She has announced her decision to step down as the leader of the largest opposition party. Photo: Xinhua
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.