Tokyo Elects First Female Governor in Landslide
She’s got an Olympian challenge ahead. Former journalist Yuriko Koike, who served as Japan’s first female defense minister, beat 20 candidates to win leadership of Japan’s capital after the last governor stepped down amid an embezzlement scandal. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — who campaigned against her — will now be a key partner as Koike takes the reins of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which is threatening to devour triple its preliminary $7.14 billion budget. She and Abe, whose 20-member cabinet has only three women, will travel together to Rio for the 2016 closing ceremonies.