On the 1st, the U.S. State Department announced the ``World's Courageous Women Award,'' which honors those who have contributed to improving the status of women. Rina Gonoi, a member of the Self-Defense Forces, was selected.

On the 1st, the U.S. Department of State announced the ``Women of Courage Award'' to honor women who have contributed to the protection of human rights and the advancement of women's status.

This year, 12 people were selected, and among them, Rina Gonoi, a former Ground Self-Defense Force officer who complained of sexual harassment under her real name, was selected from Japan.

The U.S. State Department said of the reason for the award: ``She spoke out about sexual assault in the Self-Defense Forces, shining a light on an issue that is considered taboo in Japanese society.Her courage has inspired countless people who have been victimized to no longer remain silent.'' "It encouraged them to come forward and share their experiences without having to suffer inside."

In addition, she also led reforms to make the Self-Defense Forces a workplace where people can work with peace of mind, regardless of gender.

The award ceremony is scheduled to be held at the White House on the 4th, with Secretary of State Blinken and First Lady Jill Biden in attendance.