Most of the members of the Japanese parliament and the ministers of the government led by Fumio Kishida are conservatives, aged between 50 and 70, and 75% are male.
But Ryosuke Takashima will become Japan’s youngest mayor at the age of 26, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK.
He won the local elections on April 23, 2023.
Takashima graduated last year from Harvard University, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering.
Japan’s patriarchal society often marginalizes women, and the issue of gender equality will not be easily resolved in the near future.
But the young people of the new generation who will enter politics could look for quick solutions.
“Being young, I think there is a possibility for the citizens to feel closer to me. Because I have no experience in politics, I can ask about what I don’t understand, learn various things, and I want to reflect them in my own vision,” he told reporters, according to NHK.
Previously, the youngest mayor of the country was Kotaro Shishida, elected in 1994 at the age of 27, writes CNN.
Takashima campaigned for green infrastructure planning, promising to create more green spaces and parks, but also promised reforms in education, childcare and health care for young people. He will begin his term as mayor of Ashiya City in Hyogo Prefecture on May 1, 2023.
Then the new mayor is a YouTuber, having the official channel “Shin, the Hiratsuka YouTuber” which contains videos about local shops and events in the city.
Shin also runs a Pokemon book store.
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