The government has cut its 30 percent target for women leaders in business and politics by 2020 to seven percent. Analysts say this slow progress bodes poorly for the world's third-largest economy.
July's elections were the first in Japan in which online campaigning was permitted, and it was Japan's Communist Party that is widely seen as having made best use of it.
Japan launched a talking humanoid robot astronaut into space on Sunday. The robot, modeled off the anime character Astroboy, is an experiment in the emotional comfort robots can provide humans.
A national debt that is 2-1/2 times the size of the economy is setting off alarms.
The Kennedy name is well known in Japan. Ms. Kennedy would be the first female ambassador to the close US ally if her likely appointment is approved.
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