Actress-model Megumi Yasu, 27, has been enlisted by the Fire and Disaster Management Agency to promote their recruitment drive for female firefighters. A representative from the FDMA said that while the total number of firefighters in Japan was decreasing, the number of female staff is slightly increasing and currently totaled around 17,000 women, and said they were hoping to boost their numbers to 100,000.
Yasu, who features in the agency’s recruitment posters and advertisements, received a certificate of appreciation from Masatoshi Kurata, vice minister of Internal Affairs and Communications.
Yasu said: “People usually think of men when they think of firefighters, but I want everyone to know that there are a lot of female firefighters out there as well. The job sounds like it’s too physically demanding, but women can do it too. If I wasn’t a celebrity, I’d like to join. I’m thinking about it.”