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LDP presidential hopeful Noda opens political seminar for women

  • April 2, 2018
  • , Mainichi , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Seiko Noda opened the “Gifu Political Seminar for Women,” which she personally heads, in her constituency of Gifu City on April 1. The seminar aims at supporting women who wish to be involved in political activities. Noda, who is also minister for women’s empowerment, delivered the first lecture at its opening session.

 

She said in her speech: “I hope that women of the next generation can shorten the arduous process that I have experienced and achieve empowerment efficiently.” She stressed: “I would like our political involvement as real-life participants to pave the way for all to give full play (to their abilities).”

 

It appears that Noda also wants to make her presence felt by working on “women’s empowerment” ahead of her candidacy in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) presidential election this fall. A total of 78 women ranging in age from 15 to 69 years, consisting of local assembly members from Gifu Prefecture, high school students, and others, are participating in this seminar, whose membership was originally set at only 50. Membership was increased in light of the large number of applicants.

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