Japan: Kaifu's Surprises

Kaifu's Surprises

Who says Japan is dominated by male shogunists? Not, apparently, the new Prime Minister, Toshiki Kaifu. Last week, in a move to improve the scandal-ridden image of his Liberal Democratic Party, Kaifu appointed two women to his 21- member Cabinet. Sumiko Takahara, 56, a writer on economic affairs, became Economic Planning Agency director, and former Labor Ministry bureaucrat Mayumi Moriyama, 61, was named to head the Environment Agency. -

In a country where only three females have ever held Cabinet posts, the appointments seemed a welcome change. But the L.D.P. still has a way to go in reforming itself. Kaifu, 58,...

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