By Yasuto Tanaka in Taipei, Hiroyuki Kano in Washington
Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported on the evening of July 31 that Yuriko Koike was certain to become the first female governor of Tokyo in a news flash from Tokyo.
Koike is a close friend of former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui. She is known to have offered the temporary housing used during the Great Hanshin Earthquake to Taiwan during the major earthquake in central Taiwan in 1999, so there is great interest in her in Taiwan.
The online version of the Wall Street Journal, a U.S. paper, reported in a story from Tokyo that Koike is proficient in English and was instrumental in introducing Cool Biz. The Associated Press, China’s Xinhua News Agency, and the UK’s BBC all reported on their websites that Koike was certain to win the gubernatorial election, citing Japanese media reports.