The Japan Society welcome Ms Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo, in London next month. She’ll share her vision for Tokyo’s continued development as a global city, with focus on Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s strategies for Tokyo as a world-leading international financial centre, as well as sharing its attractions as a destination for inbound tourism.
Following initial remarks by Governor Koike, she will join Japan Society chair Bill Emmott in conversation, during which she looks forward to taking questions on a wide range of issues from a Japan Society audience. The event is also open to non-members and booking is essential via the link provided.
Yuriko Koike has been Governor of Tokyo since July 2016. In July 2020, she was re-elected to a second term of office. Prior to being elected to this post, she was active in national politics. She was a member of the House of Councillors and then the House of Representatives for a total of 24 years from 1992, during which time she held major posts including Minister of the Environment, Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs (2004-2006), Special Advisor to the Prime Minister for National Security Affairs (2006-2007), Minister of Defense (2007-2010), and Director of the Committee on Budget of the House of Representatives (2011). She is the first woman to serve as the Minister of Defense in Japan and the Governor of Tokyo.
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