Woman Attempts To Become First Female Japanese PM

No word yet on how bummed the media is, as Koike has no kids to go after.

REUTERS/Toru Hanai

REUTERS/Toru Hanai

[Reuters] TOKYO (Reuters) – She’s less likely to hog the headlines than Sarah Palin, but former defence minister Yuriko Koike made an equally bold bid for power on Monday, as she launched an attempt to become Japan’s first woman prime minister.

A telegenic former newscaster fluent in English and Arabic, Koike, 56, emphasized her plans to tackle women’s issues and the environment as well as administrative reform at a news conference in Tokyo.

“Women often want to work while still looking after their families, but it’s hard for them to get the chance,” Koike, who is single and childless, told reporters.

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