Japan’s Main Opposition Party Elects First Female Leader

Renho Murata, center, at a debate in Tokyo with her political opponents Yuichiro Tamaki, left, and Seiji Maehara. Ms. Murata is vying to become the first woman to lead the Democratic Party. Credit Kazuhiro Nogi/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

TOKYO — Among democracies in the developed world, Japan has one of the worst records of putting women in positions of political power.

Yet if, as widely predicted, Renho Murata, a member of the upper house of Parliament, prevails in a leadership contest on Thursday and becomes the first woman to lead the opposition Democratic Party, she will be the third woman to assume a high-profile political post in Japan in less than two months.

—  Opposition Figure’s Rise Could Pave Way for Female Leaders in Japan, The New York Times (September 14, 2016).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *