Japan's Abe appoints first ever female PM aide

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Japan's Abe appoints first ever female PM aide

Japan's Shinzo Abe on Friday named the country's first ever female aide to the prime minister, just weeks after Caroline Kennedy arrived as the first woman US ambassador to Tokyo, AFP reports.

Makiko Yamada, a 53-year-old internal ministry veteran, will advise the conservative prime minister on policies affecting women, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

"The government regards promotion of women in society as one of the key pillars for our growth policies," Suga told a regular briefing.

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