How a former SQ girl became Japan's popular 'giant slaying' politician

Harumi Yoshida traces her journey from vegetable seller's daughter to Tokyo MP in the third of a four-part daily series in which The Straits Times features women from across Asia and the challenges they face and overcome. It caps the Year of Celebrating SG Women and recognises that advancing women's interests in society remains an ongoing endeavour.

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Opposition politician Harumi Yoshida has fond memories of her first job, plying the skies with Singapore Airlines. Today, she is a Member of Parliament in Japan’s legislature – one of 45 women elected to the 465-member Lower House.
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TOKYO - Ms Harumi Yoshida has fond memories of her first job as a Singapore Girl, decked out in a sarong kebaya and soaring through the skies with Singapore Airlines (SIA).

"A great way to fly!" quips Ms Yoshida, who spent about two years with the airline.

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