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Tokyo gubernatorial vote:  Japan’s first female defense minister leads race

Vote-counting in Tokyo’s gubernatorial election is set to begin in a few hours. Opinion polls suggest that Yuriko Koike, Japan’s first female defense minister, leads the race, along with former bureaucrat Hiroya Masuda and liberal journalist Shuntaro Torigoe. 64-year-old Koike, is a member of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, but she angered the party’s Tokyo branch by not getting its approval before announcing her candidacy.

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