Margaret Eby
December 08, 2014 2:41 pm

In the United States, women political candidates are still in the minority. There have only been 44 women in the Senate since it was established in 1789, for example. But in one district election in Japan, all three candidates are women.

Next Sunday, according to the Japan Times, the three candidates vying for a seat in the Lower House of Osaka’s No. 7 are all women. The lineup: Kumiko Muraguchi of the Japanese Communist Party, Naomi Tokashiki, the Liberal Democratic Party; and Sayuri Uenishi of the Japan Innovation Contest. The winner will be part of the government of a district that includes the city of Suita and Setsu.

Tokashiki and Uenishi have run against each other before; in 2012, Tokashiki won the seat with 70,000 votes. Both are fairly politically conservative. Uenishi is running on a platform that expresses some support for negotiations about nuclear weapons possession, and is opposed to women keeping their maiden names after marriage. Tokashiki is in favor of constitutional revision.

An all-female race is unusual in Japan, too. Nationwide, only sixteen percent of political candidates are women. But it does let us use a phrase that’s rare in politics: May the best woman win.

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