National Jun 15, 2013

Japan's second female vice minister selected

A welfare ministry bureaucrat who was at the center of a scandal that saw senior Osaka prosecutors take the fall for evidence-tampering against her has been named as the nation's second-ever female vice minister. Atsuko Muraki, 57, currently director general of the Social Welfare and ...

Atsuko Muraki: Fighter for justice

People | CLOSE-UP May 1, 2011

Atsuko Muraki: Fighter for justice

by Tomoko Otake

Atsuko Muraki was thrown into the public spotlight in 2009, when she was head of the Equal Employment, Children and Families Bureau at the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. Back then, Japan's major news media suddenly started casting her as a lead perpetrator in a ...