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Will LDP's 'Joan of Arc' become Japan's first female PM?

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Tomomi Inada delivers a speech in Fukui in support of the LDP's security bill on June 7.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Tomomi Inada, an up-and-coming middle-ranking lawmaker of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and chairwoman of the party's Policy Research Council, is quickly emerging as a formidable political figure in what remains one of the world's most male-dominated democracies. 

     Given the exceptional support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has extended to her, Inada might well become Japan's first female prime minister.

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