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Japan: what are the chances of a woman becoming prime minister in a deeply patriarchal society?

By Satona Suzuki, Lecturer in Japanese and Modern Japanese History, Japan Research Centre (JRC), SOAS, University of London
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She has been billed as an underdog, but Sanae Takaichi, a staunch conservative MP and ally of former prime minister Shinzō Abe, has announced her bid to become the next leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Japan. If successful, she would almost certainly become Japan’s first woman prime minister.

Abe publicly endorsed her after the sitting…

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