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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Defense Minister Tomomi Inada, Tokyo, Sept. 12, 2016 (AP photo by Koji Sasahara).

Japan Tries to Promote Women’s Rights, but Cultural Norms Stand in the Way

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on the status of women’s rights and gender equality in various countries around the globe.

Last month, Renho Murata became the first woman to head the opposition Democratic Party in Japan. She is the third woman to recently take up a prominent political position in Japan, following the appointment of Tomomi Inada as defense minister and the election of Yuriko Koike as governor of Tokyo. In an email interview, Linda Hasunuma, an assistant professor at Franklin and Marshall College, discusses women’s rights in Japan. ...

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