TOKYO (AFP) – The Japanese navy said yesterday it had for the first time appointed a woman as commander of a unit that includes the country’s biggest warship. Ryoko Azuma, 44, will command four warships making up a division with a total of 1,000 crew members. The ships include the helicopter carrier Izumo, the navy’s biggest ship. About 14,000 women are currently serving in the Self-Defence Forces as the military is known, accounting for only six percent of the entire personnel. On most levels, Japan lags behind other developed countries in terms of sexual equality.
Japan appoints first female chief of warship unit
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