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May 2018 Elections: Japanese women set to dominate in race for prime minister

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Written by By A, P, N, E, W, S

The long-time head of Japan’s ruling party is being challenged by a woman who surprised the political world by doing well in her own election. For the first time in decades, there’s an election for prime minister, and the front-runner is another man.

Shinzo Abe has been prime minister since December 2012. In a recent poll, his support has been hovering at about 50%. On Sunday, Abe will be facing off against the LDP’s fourth-highest ranking official, Jiro Ayukawa.

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Ayukawa, 62, is a construction worker, teacher and mother who has raised expectations as Abe’s challenger that this is the year he will finally lose his lead. Last month, the LDP member nearly unseated Abe’s party in an election.

While Ayukawa could cause some headaches for Abe in his re-election, the leader is ahead in every other important vote in the election.

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