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Record-breaking 36 women elected to Tokyo assembly

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, right, shows her support for female Tomin First no Kai candidate Chiharu Araki in Tokyo's Nakano Ward on June 23, 2017. (Mainichi)

In the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election on July 2, which saw a record 65 female candidates, 36 were elected -- also a record high surpassing the 25 female assembly members elected in the previous race.

In addition to all 18 women endorsed by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's Tomin First no Kai (Tokyoites First party) winning their seats, there was also a strong showing of women belonging to the Japanese Communist Party that contributed to the record-breaking numbers of female representation in the assembly.

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