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A 33-Year-Old Female Fights ‘Old Boys’ Club’ in Japan Election

  • Japan ranks 147th globally for women’s political empowerment
  • Record number of female candidates enter upcoming election
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Arfiya Eri, candidate for Japan’s LDP Upper House, talks with Shery Ahn and Haidi Stroud-Watts on Bloomberg.Daybreak: Asia

Thirty-three, female and of Uyghur descent, one candidate in Japan’s parliamentary elections is seeking to break down the barriers to the “old boys’ club” of the nation’s politics. 

Arfiya Eri said it’s time for Japan to embrace the changes unfolding around it and she’s making her bid as the youngest candidate in the July 10 upper house election backed by the Liberal Democratic Party -- the long-ruling conservative group that critics say has dragged its feet in advancing the rights of women.