Saturday, December 18, 2010

Kazumi Inamura: Japan's Youngest Female Mayor

Kazumi Inamura saw her husband off to the construction materials company he runs Monday morning, and took their 5-year-old daughter to nursery school. She then bicycled to work, her first commute as the youngest female mayor in the history of this country.

Just 38 years old, Inamura was elected mayor of Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, in November.

Describing herself as a "mom mayor," she said she wants to "fully utilise my experiences as a housewife to improve our city's measures to help residents raise children and care for the elderly."

Inamura became a member of the Hyogo Prefectural Assembly in 2003, and was elected the nation's youngest ever female mayor on Nov 21.

The previous record was held by Kaori Ito, the current mayor of Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, who took up her post in 2008 at the age of 41.

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