Gender equality in Japan? Ruling party race shows female PM is still a way off

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By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) – The secretaries handing out ballots as Japan’s ruling party chose the next prime minister on Wednesday were all women. The power brokers and lawmakers doing the voting were overwhelmingly men. For the first time ever, two women stood in the race to become leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, whose parliamentary dominance means the winner will become the new premier. The obstacles before them – and all Japanese women – were on display as rows of mostly dark-suited men in the LDP party gathered to vote for their next leader. The winner, Fumio Kishida, h…

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