Pink revolution in Japan, where for the first time in its history the Democratic Party, currently in opposition, will be led by a woman. The 48-year Rehno Murata – who served as minister of administrative reforms in the past – beat former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara and parliamentary Yuichiro Tamaki, obtaining twice as many the votes of his challengers.
“What we need – said the new leader of the Democratic Party – is to counter the ruling coalition constructively, without excessive criticism, but through brave legislative proposals”. Rheno was voted by 147 MPs of the Democratic Party, 118 delegates, 1,500 regional assemblies and over 235,200 members nationwide.
During the two-week-long election campaign, she had been targeted by many controversies because of her dual citizenship: her father is Taiwanese, whereas her mother is Japanese. Although the law of her country does not allow to have dual passports, Rheno has preserved both nationalities. According to the Democratic party leader, it was simply an oversight that will be resolved soon.
Rheno’s appointment is a new sign that Japan is changing and how it is trying to make more room for women, trying to get in line with other Western nations as to the “pink” representation in the institutions’ top management. Before Rheno, two women were elected for key positions: Yuriko Koike, who had been appointed governor of Tokyo, and Tomomi Inada, the new minister of defense.