The following is an excerpt from Justin Worland | September 15, 2016 | Time.com |
She could be the country's first female prime minister
Renho Murata was selected this week to head the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), the country’s main opposition, paving the way for her to potentially become the country’s first female prime minister. Here are four things to know about her.
She became a Japanese citizen at age 17
Murata was born in Japan in 1967 to a Japanese mother and Taiwanese father, but Japanese law at the time only passed citizenship through a child’s father. She chose to become Japanese in 1985 when the law changed. Supporters have said that her experience will allow her to foster a discussion about diversity in a island that has experienced cultural change in recent years. “I will have more discussion within the party about how Japan can promote such values as diversity and coexistence,” she said after being elected to her new position on Thursday.
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