Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he wanted women ‘to shine’. Photo: AFPJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he wanted women ‘to shine’. Photo: AFP
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he wanted women ‘to shine’. Photo: AFP

Bittersweet Suga: Shinzo Abe wanted Japanese women to ‘shine’ in politics. What happened?

  • Japan’s outgoing prime minister once championed ‘womenomics’, but as he departs the race to succeed him – led by Yoshihide Suga – is a very male affair
  • While there are high-profile women politicians, such as Tomomi Inada, Seiko Noda and Yuko Obuchi, a glass ceiling prevents them reaching the top spot

Topic |   Japan
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he wanted women ‘to shine’. Photo: AFPJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he wanted women ‘to shine’. Photo: AFP
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he wanted women ‘to shine’. Photo: AFP
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