Article: “Woman takes helm of Japanese Aegis destroyer for 1st time”

“Capt. Miho Otani became the first woman to take the helm of a Japanese Aegis destroyer on Monday, pledging to set an example for other female sailors to follow.

“I expect you to pursue our missions without hesitation,” Otani, 48, told the 300-member crew of the Myoko, the Aegis defense system-equipped Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer she will captain, at the Maizuru Base in Kyoto Prefecture, western Japan.

Speaking to reporters, she explained the weight she will carry in the role.

“It is a great honor to become the first female captain (of an Aegis destroyer). I would like to think about how we can make this trend a norm as I believe an increasing number of women will enroll (in the SDF) from now on.

The “understanding” in the Prescribed Title could refer to a few different things in this Real Life Example. It could refer to an understanding of the Japanese Self Defense Force and / or it could refer to an understanding of gender roles in Japan.

The “What if” phrase in November 2020 TOK Essay Prescribed Title #2 in this RLE could refer to the case of a woman being in a significant leadership position in the Japanese Self Defense Force.