Breaking traditions, Tokyo has elected former Defence Minister Yuriko Koike as its first female governor.
According to reports, the 64-year-old multi-lingual environmentalist recieved over a million votes more than her rival, Hiroya Masuda, who was backed by Japanese Prime Minisiter Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party.
Previously she has served as the Minister of the Environment and Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Jun’ichiro Koizumi.
Koike broke grounds in the conservative Japanese society when she was appointed Minister of Defense in June 2007. However, she resigned after serving only 54 days in the office.
On 8 September 2008, she launched her bid to become President of the LDP and became the first woman ever to seek the premiership in Japan’s history.