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Japan’s new Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi, third right, and Justice Minister Midori Matsushima, second right, Japan's new minister for reviving regional economy Shigeru Ishiba, second left, and other ministers wearing formal costumes, leave Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence before attending an attestation ceremony by Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace, in Tokyo September 3, 2014.
Japan’s new Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi, third right, and Justice Minister Midori Matsushima, second right, Japan's new minister for reviving regional economy Shigeru Ishiba, second left, and other ministers wearing formal costumes, leave Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence before attending an attestation ceremony by Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace, in Tokyo September 3, 2014.
(Toru Hanai/REUTERS)

Japan's Abe sets example for private sector, names five women to cabinet

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making good on his vow to get more women into positions of power and set an example for the private sector, naming five females to his 18-person cabinet on Wednesday.

Women currently occupy 10 per cent of the seats in Japan’s parliament, the Diet, and a tiny fraction of senior business posts and directorships.