Koike, Yuriko

    Company: Tokyo

    Family Name: Koike

    Given Name: Yuriko

    Party: Tokyoites First

    Role: Governor of Tokyo

    IR Stance: Unclear

    Profile: Koike was already one of Japan’s best known politicians before her dramatic campaign to become governor of Tokyo in 2016. She had previously served as minister of the environment and, briefly, as defense minister. Before she began her political career in 1992, she was a popular newscaster. She is also noted for having attended Cairo University and having worked for a time as an Arabic-Japanese interpreter.

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