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Japanese political parties are competing with each other to promote female candidates ahead of a Lower House election that must be held by this fall, but some worry that, like similar efforts before, the initiative may be more sloganeering than a harbinger of real change.

With Japan’s male-dominated political world forming a large part of the reason why the country places 120th out of 156 countries in a gender gap ranking, many parties have or are considering setting numerical goals for female candidates.

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