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Activist Investor’s Daughter Wants More Women in Japan Politics

  • Rei Murakami is launching a program to help aspiring lawmakers
  • Women make up just 9.7% of lower house of Japan’s parliament
Rei Murakami
Rei MurakamiSource: The Murakami Family Foundation

The daughter of Japan’s most prominent activist investor is tackling the nation’s dearth of female politicians with a scholarship program she hopes will help the country turn around one of the industrialized world’s lowest ratios of women in parliament.

Rei Murakami, the 27-year-old daughter of Yoshiaki Murakami, has launched the initiative to teach the ins and outs of politics to women in their teens through their 30s. Prominent female lawmakers will give lectures, including former Defense Minister Tomomi Inada and Seiko Noda, who has more than three decades of experience as a lawmaker. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, according to a press release on the Murakami Family Foundation website.