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A group of female lawmakers of the Social Democratic Party submitted a written request Tuesday to the office of Liberal Party member Shingo Nishimura, demanding he immediately resign over recent remarks that led to his resignation from his post as Defense Agency parliamentary vice minister.

“When we went to (Nishimura’s) office, his secretary just repeated to us what Nishimura had said (in the magazine interview),” SDP Upper House member Mizuho Fukushima later told reporters. The request was made under the signatures of 10 female Diet lawmakers of the SDP and 124 female members of local assemblies.

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