• SHARE

When Yuriko Koike ran to become governor of Tokyo in 2016, her candidacy gave voters hope that the city might move in a new direction — one in which childcare, gender inequality and climate change would be given the attention they deserve.

During her campaign, she spoke of helping parents whose children had been put on waiting lists for admission to day care, promised she would work hard to make Japan a place where women can find success on equal terms with men and wore a green sash to signify her concern for the environment.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)