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Tokyo elects its first female governor

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>> The first woman to ever lead the world's largest city, Japan's capital Tokyo electing Yuriko Koike as governor over the weekend. She's also the nation's first female defense minister. And exit polls say she beat 21 other candidates vying for Tokyo's top job. Koike ran as an independent breaking ranks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and overcoming the candidate the LDP drafted to beat her.
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It's a big win but also something of a poison chalice. Koike is taking the reins after the two previous governors stepped down in disgrace. And she's got a huge task ahead, helping the city prep for the 2020 Olympics, an event Japan hopes will breathe life into its deflated economy.
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Construction of the main stadium was delayed and the first logo had to be scrapped after allegations of plagiarism. Koike will be in charge of saving the city's reputation as host after the last two governors resigned. One of her first duties in office will be to travel to Rio de Janeiro this month accepting the Olympic flag when the curtain comes down.