Tokyo ward’s first female mayor vows to take on Japan’s male dominated politics

After narrow victory, Satoko Kishimoto talks of ‘potential to bring about radical change’

The first female mayor of a district in Tokyo has vowed to challenge Japan’s male-dominated politics, weeks after she became one of only two women leading municipalities in the Japanese capital.

Satoko Kishimoto was elected mayor of Suginami ward last month to become the district’s first female leader in its 90-year history. The progressive candidate beat the conservative incumbent – by just 187 votes – despite having only just returned to Japan after a decade living in Belgium.

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