Japan's new Gender Equality Minister and minister for promoting women Haruko Arimura, wearing a traditional kimono, leaves Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence before attending an ... more 
Japan's new Gender Equality Minister and minister for promoting women Haruko Arimura, wearing a traditional kimono, leaves Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence before attending an attestation ceremony by Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace, in Tokyo September 3, 2014. Abe picked two veteran lawmakers with friendly ties to China for top party posts on Wednesday in an apparent signal of hope for a thaw in chilly ties with Beijing and a summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. In a bid to bolster his reformist image, Abe, who has made a push to get more women into the workforce a linchpin of his "Abenomics" growth plan, appointed women to five posts in his 18-minister cabinet, equalling a record set by Junichiro Koizimi in 2001. REUTERS/Toru Hanai(JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) less 
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Wed, Sep 3, 2014 3:53 AM EDT