Power to Japan's 'Princesses'

Jun Takagi for TIME

Open door
Public disenchantment with old-school Japanese politicians gave Fukuda a chance

Two doors down from former Prime Minister Taro Aso's office in the House of Representatives Building No. 1 in Tokyo, freshman Japanese lawmaker Eriko Fukuda, her hair characteristically tucked behind her right ear, sighs that her male secretaries don't know how to care for flowers. Fukuda is settling in as the upcoming session of the Diet, Japan's parliament, approaches. Her office is filled with bouquets and orchids sent by well-wishers, adding a splash of color to the building's dreary halls — as does Fukuda herself. At age 29, she is the country's youngest member of the Diet; her pink...

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