The AP Interview: Japan minister says women ‘underestimated’

  • Japanese Gender Equality Minister Seiko Noda shows information on situation in 1955 and 2020 during an interview with The Associated Press Tuesday in Tokyo. Noda called the country’s record low births and plunging population a national crisis and blamed “indifference and ignorance” in the male-dominated Japanese parliament for the neglect. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO — Japan’s minister for gender equality and children’s issues called the country’s record low births and plunging population a national crisis and blamed “indifference and ignorance” in the male-dominated Japanese parliament for the neglect.