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Title: Japan appoints first woman to command warship squadron
Post by: jollyjacktar on March 07, 2018, 13:53:55
I can imagine how hard she has worked for this position.  Fair winds.

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s navy on Tuesday appointed the first woman to command a warship squadron, including the flagship Izumo helicopter carrier, as it tries to lure more females to make up for a dearth of male recruits in graying Japan.

Ryoko Azuma, will command four ships with a combined crew of 1,000, of which only 30 are women, that make up the Maritime Self Defense Force’s (MSDF) First Escort Division.

“I don’t think about being a woman. I will concentrate my energy on fulfilling my duties as commander,” Azuma, 44, said at a change of command ceremony attended by 400 sailors aboard the Izumo, which was docked at a shipyard in Yokohama near Tokyo for repairs.

When she joined the MSDF in 1996 women were barred from serving on warships, a rule that the navy abolished ten years ago. Submarines, however, are still crewed only by men.

Japan’s military, like the wider economy is turning to women to make up a shortfall in personnel as the nation’s working age population shrinks amid a drop in birthrates. The number of people aged between 18 and 26 years old is forecast by the government to shrink to seven million people by 2065 from 11 million last year.

Unlike commercial companies, however, Japan’s military is unable to relocate units overseas or hire foreigners to supplement to their Japanese staff.

By 2030, the SDF plans to increase the combined number of women serving in the air sea and ground forces to 9 percent of the total from 6 percent, or 14,000 people now. In addition to Azuma, other senior female officers in the MSDF include four captains and a rear admiral in charge of logistics.

“I want to devote myself to becoming a person that will inspire others,” Azuma said when asked if she wanted to serve as a role model for other women.

Reporting by Nobuhiro Kubo; writing by Tim Kelly; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-defence-femalecommander/japans-navy-appoints-first-woman-to-command-warship-squadron-idUSKCN1GI0VC?il=0

Title: Re: Japan appoints first woman to command warship squadron
Post by: Eaglelord17 on March 08, 2018, 17:29:34
Japans military is very interesting to me. You have a military which is literally a civilian organization that people can quit in 2 weeks. Coupled with a very (at the moment) pacifist mentality it means they have a extremely hard time recruiting.
Title: Re: Japan appoints first woman to command warship squadron
Post by: mariomike on March 08, 2018, 18:52:16
Coupled with a very (at the moment) pacifist mentality it means they have a extremely hard time recruiting.

Apparently less so in rural prefectures,

"Predominantly rural prefectures supply military enlistees far beyond the proportions of their populations. In areas such as southern Kyushu and northern Hokkaido, where employment opportunities are limited, recruiters are welcomed and supported by the citizens."
https://apjjf.org/2012/10/36/Fumika-Sato/3820/article.html



Title: Re: Japan appoints first woman to command warship squadron
Post by: Dimsum on March 09, 2018, 05:03:46
Apparently less so in rural prefectures,

"Predominantly rural prefectures supply military enlistees far beyond the proportions of their populations. In areas such as southern Kyushu and northern Hokkaido, where employment opportunities are limited, recruiters are welcomed and supported by the citizens."
https://apjjf.org/2012/10/36/Fumika-Sato/3820/article.html

That seems like a global truth, at least in the militaries I've worked with.
Title: Re: Japan appoints first woman to command warship squadron
Post by: mariomike on March 09, 2018, 10:49:55
That seems like a global truth, at least in the militaries I've worked with.

Regarding attracting more recruits into the SDF, a quote from "A Camouflaged Military: Japan’s Self-Defense Forces and Globalized Gender Mainstreaming" ( 2012 ) by Fumika Sato that I found of interest,

"If the SDF admits women, we could gain more supporters. This is because if one woman decides to become an SDF member, she would have to persuade everyone in her family. Moreover, such a woman with a healthy spirit would bear children who would become soldiers."