TOKYO - Tomomi Inada, an up-and-coming middle-ranking lawmaker of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and chairwoman of the party's Policy Research Council, is quickly emerging as a formidable political figure in what remains one of the world's most male-dominated democracies.
Given the exceptional support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has extended to her, Inada might well become Japan's first female prime minister.
However, it is not only her hawkish beliefs that attracted Abe. A former lawyer, Inada is remarkable for her power to outdebate political foes with lucid logic and an incisive tongue.
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