Shoko Arai, a former councilwoman in Kusatsu town, speaks during a news conference in Tokyo on Friday. She said her case highlights problems of small-town politics in Japan dominated by local male heavyweights. Photo: AP Shoko Arai, a former councilwoman in Kusatsu town, speaks during a news conference in Tokyo on Friday. She said her case highlights problems of small-town politics in Japan dominated by local male heavyweights. Photo: AP
Shoko Arai, a former councilwoman in Kusatsu town, speaks during a news conference in Tokyo on Friday. She said her case highlights problems of small-town politics in Japan dominated by local male heavyweights. Photo: AP
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Japan councilwoman ousted after accusing mayor of assault says gender bias in politics is clear

  • Shoko Arai vowed to continue to speak out for women after she was voted out of office in Kusatsu in a move initiated by the mayor, who she accused of assault
  • She said the mayor had ‘abused his power to remove a person inconvenient to him’ and was now attempting to ‘destroy’ her life

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Shoko Arai, a former councilwoman in Kusatsu town, speaks during a news conference in Tokyo on Friday. She said her case highlights problems of small-town politics in Japan dominated by local male heavyweights. Photo: AP Shoko Arai, a former councilwoman in Kusatsu town, speaks during a news conference in Tokyo on Friday. She said her case highlights problems of small-town politics in Japan dominated by local male heavyweights. Photo: AP
Shoko Arai, a former councilwoman in Kusatsu town, speaks during a news conference in Tokyo on Friday. She said her case highlights problems of small-town politics in Japan dominated by local male heavyweights. Photo: AP
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