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Sunday, 31 July 2016 - 11:23
Tokyo may elect first female governor as it prepares for its Olympics
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Voters in the Japanese capital head to the polls on Sunday and could elect their first woman governor, after two predecessors stepped down over scandals that clouded the city's preparations to host the 2020 summer Olympic Games.

Opinion polls show that Yuriko Koike, Japan's first female defence minister, leads former bureaucrat Hiroya Masuda and liberal journalist Shuntaro Torigoe.

Koike, 64, is a member of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) but angered the party's Tokyo branch by not getting its approval before announcing her candidacy for city governor.

The LDP instead drafted Masuda, 64, who once served as governor of a rural prefecture.
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