PM Kishida appoints first female foreign minister of Japan since 2004

PM Kishida appoints first female foreign minister of Japan since 2004

JAPAN’s new foreign minister, Yoko Kamikawa, vowed to enhance the presence of Japan as a nation.

Faces many challenges, including building stable ties with China.

Kamikawa became the first female foreign minister since 2004, succeeding Yashimasa Hayashi in the latest cabinet

reshuffle of Kishida’s administration.

Kamikawa told reporters in Tokyo that she would take steps to raise Japan’s interests.

The new foreign minister was appointed at a  time when the level of relations between Japan and China was already low due to the release of the treated radioactive nuclear wastewater from the crippled Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean.

Kamikawa, 70 years old, was a veteran former justice minister and is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Aside from Kamikawa, 4 more women are featured in Kishida’s new cabinet line-up.

This comes as Japan fell to 138th place out of 146 countries in the World Economic Forum’s report on gender equality in terms of political empowerment for women this year.

 

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