With Abe's backing, Takaichi goes from biker chick to Japan premier hopeful

Ms Sanae Takaichi was a biker chick sporting pink hair in her youth. She gave up her motorcycle after entering politics. PHOTO: SANAE TAKAICHI OFFICIAL WEBSITE
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TOKYO - A relative unknown outside of Japan until weeks ago, Ms Sanae Takaichi is fast burnishing her credentials to become Japan's first female prime minister.

She has one prominent supporter: former prime minister Shinzo Abe, with whom she is ideologically aligned.

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