Takako Doi, who led the opposition Social Democratic Party from 1986 until 1991 and again from 1996 to 2003, has died. She was 85.
The SDP said in a statement to media that Doi died on Sept 20, NTV reported Sunday.
Doi, who was born in Hyogo Prefecture, made headlines when she became the first woman to lead a political party in Japan and the first female speaker of the lower house.
Doi served in the House of Representatives from 1969 until 2005. She came to national attention in 1980 over her fierce criticism of Japan's unequal treatment of women, and the father-dominated family registration law. She pressured the Diet to sign the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1985.© Japan Today