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Yuriko Koike Breaks the Glass Ceiling as the First Female Governor of Tokyo

Yuriko Koike Breaks the Glass Ceiling as the First Female Governor of Tokyo

Tokyo elected it first female governor on Sunday as voters broke from traditional party politics and financial scandals.

According to CNN, Koike previously broke glass ceilings as Japan's first female defense chief and now is one of only three women currently serving as governor of one of the country's 47 prefectures.

Former Defense Minister Yuriko Koike was elected as Tokyo's first woman governor, promising to reclaim control of the capital's 2020 Olympic spending.

Koike secured support by guaranteeing environmental friendly policies for the capital. She urged voters to wear green at her campaign rallies in a nod to her days as an environment minister when she called for office workers to set aside their jacket and ties in favor of energy-saving lighter clothes.

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