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Record Number of Women Elected in Japanese Local Elections

Women were elected to a record number of posts in Japan’s local elections, held Sunday.

Hiroko Uehara was elected as Tokyo’s first woman district mayor. Uehara will have jurisdiction over Kunitachi, a western sector of the city. While the first female district mayor, Uehara is the fourth woman to become a city major in the country.

In other positive news, more than 1,000 women were elected to city assemblies. Japan holds local elections every four years.

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Nando Times - April 25, 1999