Wakako Hironaka

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Wakako Hironaka "is a member of Japan's House of Councilors, elected from Chiba Prefecture in July 2004, and is currently serving her fourth term. She is currently serving as chair of the Research Committee on Economy, Industry and Employment, and as a member of the Committee on Education, Culture and Science in the House of Councilors. She is vice-president of the Democratic Party of Japan. In 1993-94, she was state minister, director-general of Environment Agency in the Hosokawa Cabinet. Ms. Hironaka is also active internationally, as a member of the Earth Charter Commission, GLOBE, and GEA.

"Ms. Hironaka received a B.A. in English from Ochanomizu Women's University and an M.A. in Anthropology from Brandeis University. She has written several books, essays, translations, and critiques on education, culture, society, and women's issues, including Between Two Cultures: Woman - Her Work and Family (1979), Politics is Unexpectedly Interesting (1989), and translations of Ezra Vogel's Japan as Number One and Haru Reischauer's Samurai & Silk (Kinu to Bushi)." [1]

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  1. Council, Earth Charter, accessed February 17, 2009.