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Japan needs its first female leader, and now

Trailblazing cabinet minister Seiko Noda has hinted at a run

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Then-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talks with Seiko Noda in November 2017: Noda checks many of the experience boxes voters might crave.   © Reuters

William Pesek is an award-winning Tokyo-based journalist and author of "Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan's Lost Decades."

There is a favorite anecdote I share when describing the dismal state of Japan's gender dynamics. It involves Sheryl Sandberg, a packed Tokyo ballroom, bad coffee and still raises my blood pressure 20 years on.

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