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The Maritime Self-Defense Force’s first female destroyer captain has assumed her duties, taking the helm of the destroyer Yamagiri on Monday.

Cmdr. Miho Otani, 44, who is in charge of about 220 crew members on the destroyer, said in a written statement that she wants to set a good example in fulfilling her duties to make it easier for female Self-Defense Forces personnel who will follow, but that she will do so without putting too much pressure on herself.

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