Tokyo poised to elect Yuriko Koike as first female governor

Yuriko Koike, right, celebrated with supporters after exit polls predicted her election victory
Yuriko Koike, right, celebrated with supporters after exit polls predicted her election victory

{BBC NEWS Online} – Former Japanese defence minister Yuriko Koike looks set to be elected as the Japanese capital’s first woman governor, exit polls project.

Public broadcaster NHK and other media forecast Ms Koike as the winner after polls closed at 20:00 (11:00 GMT).

If confirmed, one of her key challenges will be curbing the financial problems plaguing Tokyo’s preparations to host the 2020 Olympic Games.

Scandals linked to the Games forced the last two governors to resign.

“I will lead Tokyo politics in an unprecedented manner, a Tokyo you have never seen,” Ms Koike, 64, told cheering supporters,

“While feeling the weight of this result, I want to thoroughly push the metropolitan government forward as the new governor.”

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