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5 women join Japanese Cabinet

Premier foresees ‘wind of change’ for male-run society

Posted: September 4, 2014 at 4:40 a.m.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives for a group photo in Tokyo with his new Cabinet, including five female ministers (from left) Yuko Obuchi, Sanae Takaichi, Haruko Arimura, Eriko Yamatani and Midori Matsushima.

Japan's prime minister picked five women for his Cabinet on Wednesday, matching the past record and sending the strongest message yet about his determination to change deep-seated views on gender and revive the economy by getting women on board as workers and leaders.

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