Tokyo elects Yuriko Koike as first woman governor

Tokyo elects Yuriko Koike as first woman governor

Tokyo elects Yuriko Koike as first woman governor

Written by Staff Writer

31 Jul, 2016 | 6:51 pm

Former Defense Minister Yuriko Koike on Sunday was elected governor of Tokyo, public broadcaster NHK said, becoming the first woman in the post and taking the helm four years before the city plays host to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

Scandals linked to the Games forced the last two governors to resign.

“I will lead Tokyo politics in an unprecedented manner, a Tokyo you have never seen,” Ms Koike, 64, told cheering supporters.

Koike, graduated from Cairo University and formerly a newscaster, was first elected to the House of Councillors in 1992. She became a House of Representatives member in 1993 and had been elected to the lower chamber a total of eight times.

Koike is a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

Tokyo’s new governor will attend the closing ceremonies of the Rio Olympics and Paralympics. At the ceremonies, the new governor will receive the Olympic flag and the Paralympic flag from the mayor of Rio de Janeiro as the representative of the 2020 Tokyo Games.

After the Rio Games, the new governor will be in charge of preparations as head of the host city.

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