First woman enters Japan's submarine academy

​Gender privacy
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​Gender privacy

The navy has long only allowed men to serve on submarines, citing the difficulty of accommodating gender privacy concerns.

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​Rules modified

But it changed the rules in late 2018, after assessing that gender-specific privacy needs can be met without major submarine remodelling, a navy spokesman told.

"This is a part of our efforts for efficient use of human resources," he added.

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​Role of women
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​Role of women

Japan's military as a whole is attempting to expand the role of women in its ranks as the Self Defense Forces struggle to attract young talent, with local media saying the navy has had particular difficulty attracting candidates to serve on submarines.

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