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Japan awaits birdflu tests, Indonesian woman dies 

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Japan said on Friday that it could be afflicted by its first outbreak of the lethal H5N1 bird flu strain in three years, as the disease killed an Indonesian woman and spread closer to Vietnam's largest city.
Chirac appraises Japan's Abe for improving ties with China 
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President Jacques Chirac praised Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for improving ties with China, but shied away from commenting on the EU's arms embargo against Beijing about which the two leaders have different positions.

Japan PM arrives in France for talks on NKorea, China 
AFP via Yahoo! News - Jan 12 11:24 AM
Japanese premier arrived in France on the final leg of his four-nation European tour for talks on North Korea's nuclear ambitions and the European Union's arms embargo against China.

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Mazie Hirono


United States Representative from
Hawaii's 2nd district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 4, 2007–
Preceded by Ed Case
Succeeded by Incumbent

Born November 3, 1947
Fukushima, Japan
Political party Democratic
Spouse Leighton Kim Oshima
Religion Jodo Shu Buddhist

Mazie Keiko Japanees Woman Hirono (Japanese: 広野 Japnese Woman 慶子) , born November 3, 1947 in Fukushima, Japan, is an American politician who was Jappanese Woman the second Asian immigrant elected lieutenant governor of a state of the United States. Japanse Woman A lifelong Democrat, she ran against Linda Lingle for Governor of Hawai'i in 2002, one of Japannese Woman the few gubernatorial races in United States history where Japanee Woman two major parties nominated women to challenge each other. Hirono is currently the congresswoman Apanese Woman for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district. She is, along with Hank Johnson (D-Georgia), one of Japaese Woman two Buddhists elected to Congress in Japamese Woman 2006. They are the first Buddhists in American history to serve Japanesee Woman in the United States Congress.[1]

Contents

  • 1 Early years
  • 2 Legislative Japnaese Woman Career
  • 3 Lieutenant Governor
  • 4 Gubernatorial Jpanese Woman Campaign of 2002
  • 5 2006 U.S. House Election
  • 6 Electoral history
  • 7 Sources
  • 8 External links

Early years

In 1955, Hirono's mother escaped an abusive marriage by emigrating to the United States with her children. Raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Hirono attended Kaahumanu Elementary and Koko Head Elementary Schools. She later graduated from Kaimuki High School which at the time of her attendance had a predominantly Japanese American student body. Upon graduating from high school, Hirono enrolled at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa where, in 1970, she received B.A. in psychology. She left Hawai'i briefly to attend Georgetown University Law School. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and obtained her doctorate of jurisprudence in 1978. Hirono quickly returned to Honolulu where she practiced law.

Legislative Career

From 1980 to 1994, Hirono served in the Hawai'i State Legislature serving her district in the House of Representatives. During her legislative tenure, she passed over 120 laws. She was honored by a coalition of leaseholders as Legislator of the Year in 1984. From 1987 to 1992, she was the chairman of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Committee.

Lieutenant Governor

Ed Case, D.G. Anderson and Mazie Keiko Hirono debated each other on KHON, September 5, 2002, for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in one of the closest primary races in state history.

In 1994, she joined the ticket of incumbent Lieutenant Governor Benjamin J. Cayetano and was consequently elected to a historic administration led by the first Filipino American governor and first Japanese immigrant lieutenant governor. During her tenure as lieutenant governor, Hirono was also President of the National Commission on Teaching, America's Future as well as the Hawai'i Policy Group. She also spearheaded the first-in-the-nation comprehensive Pre-Plus program, a precursor to universal pre-school education in the United States.

Gubernatorial Campaign of 2002

With her time as Lieutenant Governor coming to an end, Hirono formed a campaign structure as she set her sights on becoming the next Mayor of Honolulu in a 2002 special election to fill a vacancy to be created by Jeremy Harris' entry in the gubernatorial election. Hawai'i residents were shocked, considering his high polling numbers, when Harris abruptly dropped from the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Hirono maneuvered to gain the support of potential Harris voters in her challenge against former Hawai'i State House of Representatives Majority Leader Ed Case and former Republican Chairman D. G. Anderson for the Democratic ticket. Through the entire primary campaign season, Hirono and Case polled almost equally. Case appealed to Hawai'i residents that his campaign was one of government reform as opposed to Hirono whom Case alleged represented the "Old Boys' Network" of Democrats that had ruled over Hawai'i for forty years.

In one of the closest primary elections for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, Hirono beat Case. Hirono ran against former Mayor of Maui, Republican Linda Lingle in the general election. Lingle's campaign of reform called Agenda for New Beginnings appealed to voters and elected her governor.

2006 U.S. House Election

On September 23, Hirono won the Democratic primary for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district, being vacated by Ed Case, in a 10-way race, garnering 21.8 percent of the vote, about 800 votes ahead of state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa, who had 21.1 percent. Former state Sen. Matt Matsunaga (14 percent) finished in third.[2]

Hirono entered the race with significant name recognition as the only candidate who had held statewide office, and she raised more money than any other candidate in the race — in part because she was backed by EMILY's List [3], which supports Democratic women who favor abortion rights. Hirono also loaned her campaign $100,000.

Electoral history

  • 2006 Race for U.S. House of Representatives - 2nd Congressional District
    • Mazie Hirono (D), 61%
    • Bob Hogue (R), 39%
  • 2002 Race for Governor
    • Linda Lingle (R), 52%
    • Mazie Hirono (D), 47%

Sources

  1. ^ Jonathan Tilove. "New Congress brings with it religious firsts", Newhouse News Service. Retrieved Dec. 8, 2006
  2. ^ http://www.cqpolitics.com/2006/09/akaka_survives_challenge_from.html
  3. ^ http://www.emilyslist.org/newsroom/releases/20060614.html

External links

  • Official House Website
  • Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • Mazie Hirono for Congress
  • Democratic Party of Hawai`i
Preceded by
Benjamin J. Cayetano
Lieutenant Governor of Hawai‘i
1994-2002
Succeeded by
James Aiona Jr.
Preceded by
Ed Case
United States Representative for the 2nd Congressional District of Hawai‘i
2007–Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent


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