A Rare Duel in Japan Vote as Abe Seeks to Keep Female Lawmakers

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A Rare Duel in Japan Vote as Abe Seeks to Keep Female Lawmakers

Megumi Kaneko stood on a podium in front of a poster of herself and dissolved into tears as she urged the mostly-male audience to pick her in this weekend’s Japanese election.

In the male-dominated world of Japanese politics, the 36-year-old beauty queen-turned-lawmaker faces a formidable rival in what makes for an unusual contest: Another woman.

“This is the hardest election I’ve fought in my life,” she said at the event held at a plush wedding venue in the city of Sanjo, 229 kilometers (142 miles) north of Tokyo, known for its manufacture of knives and metal tools. “I’m more worried than I’ve ever been.”

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