Source: News Bharati English01 Aug 2016 12:35:26
Tokyo, August 1: Yuriko Koike, the former environment minister of the Liberal Democratic Party was elected as Tokyo’s governor making her the first female leader of the capital city of Japan. The newly elected governor had two more rivals to win over and now will work for the city which has around thirteen million residents living in it.
Two more contestants who stood for the elections against her were former internal affairs minister Hiroya Masuda, the preferred choice of the LDP-Komeito ruling coalition, and veteran journalist Shuntaro Torigoe. Torigoe was backed by the main opposition bloc led by the Democratic Party and the Japanese Communist Party. The final result of the election showed that Koike won 2,912,628 votes, far surpassing Masuda’s 1,793,453 votes and Torigoe’s 1,346,103 votes.
After her win, Yuriko Koike told the reporters, ““I would like to implement new policies that no one has ever seen. I believe that pushing policies for women will be good for Tokyo and bring happiness to the capital. I received so much support from women this election. The support made me think deeply that I have a responsibility to work on the issues of waiting lines for day care centers, elderly care and work-life balance.”
Koike entered the politics when she was a TV Tokyo news anchor. She is also fluent in Arabic and has worked as a translator before appearing on TV. As an LDP lawmaker, she served as environment minister from 2003 to 2006 under Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and initiated the Cool Biz campaign. She has also served as state minister in charge of Okinawa and Northern Territories affairs.