Japan's Shinzo Abe appoints first ever female aide to Prime Minister
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's Shinzo Abe on Friday named the country's first ever female aide to the Prime Minister, just weeks after Ms Caroline Kennedy arrived as the first woman US ambassador to Tokyo.
Ms Makiko Yamada, a 53-year-old internal ministry veteran, will advise the conservative Prime Minister on policies affecting women, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
"The government regards promotion of women in society as one of the key pillars for our growth policies," Mr Suga told a regular briefing.
"The Prime Minister has been thinking about naming a woman as a prime ministerial aide. Now that Ambassador Kennedy has arrived, it seems things have come together," he said.