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The turning point in Junko Mihara’s life came two years ago when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer and had to have her uterus removed.

Now a lawmaker, the former actress and singer said the experience had a profound impact, opening her eyes to shortcomings in the health care system and prompting her to take an active role in looking for ways to improve it.

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