Junko Tabei, first woman to climb Mount Everest, dies aged 77

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Tokyo: First woman to climb the Mount Everest in 1975, Junko Tabei, has died at the age of 77 here in Tokyo, the Japanese media reported.

Junko Tabei, the first women who climbed world’s highest peak Mount Everest and later conquered world’s seven highest peaks, died in a hospital today.

Tabei, who was battling with cancer, was a member of Japanese Women’s Everest Expedition in 1975 when she conquered Everest, the world’s highest peak at 8,850 meters.

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According to the reports, in an interview with Japan Times, she recalled the attitude and behavior of several people towards all-female expedition to Himalayas.

 

“In 1970s Japan, it was considered that men were the only ones to work outside of home and women to stay at home”, she had stated. Tabei at the time left her 3-year-old daughter with her husband and relatives.

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“There was no any question in my mind that I wanted to climb that mountain, no matter what other people said,” she asserted.

Tabei set another climbing record in 1992 when she became the first female to reach the Mount Everest.

Tabai later campaigned for better protection of mountain environments and continued mountaineering in her later years.

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