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New U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the first time Wednesday in a courtesy visit, and Abe took the opportunity to highlight one pet initiative — promoting the status of women in male-dominated Japan.

Abe had his two female ministers, Tomomi Inada and Masako Mori, attend the luncheon, while excluding Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, his right-hand man and the Cabinet’s point man.

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