Tokyo elects Yuriko Koike as first woman governor

Tokyo's new mayor Yuriko Koike, a 64-year-old former TV anchorwoman, speaks fluent English and Arabic -- the latter acquired as a student in Cairo -- and has also served as environment ministerVeteran politician Yuriko Koike was elected Sunday as Tokyo’s first woman governor, according to media exit polls, and immediately vowed to get a grip on the megacity’s troubled 2020 Olympic preparations. Public broadcaster NHK, Jiji Press and other major media forecast the 64-year-old Koike as the winner just after polls closed at 8 pm (1100 GMT). Koike claimed victory and addressed supporters shortly after the media declared her the winner.

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