Japan: Tokyo elects Yuriko Koike as first female governor
Aug.1, Tokyo: Former Defence Minister of Japan Yuriko Koike has been elected governor of Tokyo, the first woman elected to lead Japan's capital.
Koike, running as an independent candidate, received more than 2.9 million votes in Sunday's election, beating her opponents by a wide margin, reports said. 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.
Koike, 64, told infront of cheering supporters that: "I will lead Tokyo politics in an unprecedented manner, a Tokyo you have never seen."
"While feeling the weight of this result, I want to thoroughly push the metropolitan government forward as the new governor." She is a member of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), but it did not endorse her so she ran as an independent.
The Oslo Times International News Network