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Japan gets a chance to have its first woman prime minister

Posted on the September 8th, 2008

Yuriko Koike, who already has made history by becoming Japan’s first female defense minister, now wants to burst through another of the country’s glass ceilings. Today Koike announced that she is running for the post of Japan’s prime minister, according to an article on Bloomberg.com, a position that to date has had a males-only ID tag attached to it (“Koike Is First LDP Woman to Seek Japan’s Premiership” Sept 8, 2008).

Some more bio info here.

And below is a video of an interview with Koike last May at a World Economic Forum. Koike shares her views on various current issues including the energy crisis, internationally shared values, and some developments in the middle east:


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