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Monday, 23rd January 2012
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Otsu elects youngest-ever female mayor

The city of Otsu broke a Japanese record on Sunday when voters elected Naomi Koshi as mayor, making her the youngest-ever female mayor in Japan's history.

At 36-years-old, Ms Koshi was elected as mayor of Shiga Prefecture capital after standing as an independent candidate, the Japan Times reported.

She graduated from Hokkaido University before heading across the Pacific to study law at Harvard University, before working as a lawyer in the US.

Prior to her election, the previous youngest female mayor in Japan was Kazumi Inamura, who in 2010 was elected mayor of Amagasaki in Hyogo Prefecture at the age of 38.

With the support of the Democratic Party of Japan and the Social Democratic Party, Koshi received 51,735 votes while her nearest rival, the 70-year-old incumbent Makoto Mekata received 42,232.

With a female governor, Yukiko Kada, also installed in Shiga, this landmark result means that the Prefecture is now run by women for the first time ever.

Last week, the Japanese government announced a renewable energy subsidy designed to encourage the adoption of eco-friendly energy supplies in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

Written by Mark Smith