There’s a first time for everything, and the city of Tokyo just elected its first female governor this week.
According to TIME, the Former Defense Minister Yuriko Koike was elected on Sunday, July 31, pledging to the city that she will “regain control of the capital’s 2020 Olympic spending” — a problem that has accrued a bill that has “tripled the initial budget of $7.14 billion.”
TIME says Koike defeated 20 other candidates, winning the governorship by a 700,000-vote margin with only 2/3 of the total votes counted. The election followed the resignation of former governor Yoichi Masuzoe, who TIME says may have stepped down over “reportedly embezzling public funds for personal expenses.”
Koike, an independent, said that she has a new vision for Tokyo, according to TIME.
“I will lead Tokyo politics in an unprecedented manner, a Tokyo you have never seen.”