Takako Doi, former head of Social Democratic Party, dies at 85


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.

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May her soul rest in peace.

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Ms. Doi helped paved the way for Japanese women's rights and changed modern Japan's politics forever.

Thank you, Ms. Doi. RIP

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RIP Ms Doi.

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Loved Ms. Doi. She was such a maverik who spoke her mind. It was great that she was appointed speaker of the house, the first woman to be appointed, but I really wish that she had been appointed Prime Minister instead of Maruyama, when a socialist PM was appointed in a power sharing scheme between LDP and Socialists. I was only 5 when CEDAW happened, and it is too bad that women are still having to fight for an equal place in society.

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Just the day before Doi's death was announced I was searching for something in a bookshelf when I came across a batch of photos I took in 1991 when she came to town in support of a local candidate. Thinking I hadn't heard anything about her for some years now I was wondering how she was doing. Regardless of whether you agreed with her political stance, I hope all would agree that she lived a passionate life true to her convictions and made a major contribution to politics in general and especially for the participation of women.

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The only Japanese politician name anyone knew back in the 80s.

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Educator60, you said it better than I could. Thank you!

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Met her once - a great person. RIP

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I was not in Japan when she promoted for Japanese female cause but I read her activities in ShinChoi and other Japanese magazines. Did not know Japanese woman would try to change degraded Japanese women,

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I didn't know of her but from the little I've read today she seemed pretty awesome. RIP and hopefully, more female politicians will have the gusto she seemed to have possessed.

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She was somebody. She seemed to go beyond being "a woman politician" and was seen someone who had the possibility to lead Japan. I think they could have found more to write about her than that short article. I remember enjoying her articles. She was on TV a lot as I recall. Some shows I didn't think were worthy of her participation. Wow....85. Time flies.....

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