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Former newscaster is Tokyo's first female governor

Danielle Demetriou

Published 01/08/2016 | 02:30

Yuriko Koike celebrates her win in the Tokyo Governor election. Photo: Reuters
Yuriko Koike celebrates her win in the Tokyo Governor election. Photo: Reuters

A Japanese politician has become the first female governor of Tokyo, taking charge four years before the city hosts the 2020 Olympic Games - after her two predecessors were toppled by scandal.

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Yuriko Koike (64) a member of parliament for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), claimed victory yesterday, despite running without the official support of her party.

After a torrid election campaign, the veteran politician beat her two main opponents, Hiroya Masuda, the LDP's official candidate, and the liberal journalist Shuntaro Torigoe.

A well-known figure in Japan, Ms Koike (pictured) is a former newscaster who has held a string of senior political positions in a career spanning decades. Addressing supporters after the election result, Ms Koike said: "I will lead Tokyo politics in an unprecedented manner, a Tokyo you have never seen."

Vowing to pursue women-friendly policies, she added: "I believe that pushing policies for women will be good for Tokyo." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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