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Japan PM named five women for his new cabinet

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 3 September 2014 named five women for his new cabinet.

Sep 4, 2014 18:21 IST
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 3 September 2014 named five women for his new cabinet. These five women make up the quarter of the cabinet that comprises 18 members.

As estimated by the Japanese Government,  only 11 percent of managerial jobs are occupied by women in Japan. Abe emphasized the need to get more women into the workforce to stop the growing gap in the labour market. He aimed to recruit women for 30 percent of senior business and political positions by 2020.

The chief figures of the administration remained in their place including Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Finance Minister Taro Aso and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

One of the female among five was 40 years old Yuko Obuchi who became economy, trade and industry minister. She is the daughter of former premier Keizo Obuchi. She holds the record for being the youngest female cabinet minister Japan has had.

Other  female politicians were Midori Matsushima as justice minister and Haruko Arimura as minister in charge of women's activities.

Background
Shinzo Abe is president of the Liberal Democratic Party and was elected prime minister of Japan in December 2012. The present cabinet of Japan is one of the longest-serving collectives since the end of World War II.

Since Abe came into power in December 2012, it is the first cabinet reshuffle which is seen as an exercise in strengthening his  power base in Liberal Democratic Party and reviving the economic and security agenda of the country.

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