Former Japan’s Defence Minister YURIKO KOIKE has been elected governor of Tokyo, the first woman to lead Japan’s capital.
KOIKE, running as an independent candidate, received more than 2.9 million votes in yesterday’s election, beating her opponents by a wide margin.
One of her key challenges will be curbing the financial problems plaguing Tokyo’s preparations to host the 2020 Olympic Games.
Both her predecessors resigned over funding scandals.
YURIKO KOIKE told cheering supporters and I quote, “I will lead Tokyo politics in an unprecedented manner, a Tokyo you have never seen,” end of quote.