U.N. panel raps Japan on gender gap

Japan has not made sufficient efforts to eliminate discrimination against women, the U.N. committee against gender discrimination here said Tuesday.

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women urged the government to revise Civil Code stipulations obliging husbands and wives to use the same surname and allowing females to marry at younger ages than males.

The committee also asked Japan to rectify discriminatory work practices, such as different promotion courses and wage inequities.

The committee examined the government’s efforts for gender equality for the first time in six years based on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.