Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike was returned to a second term in office yesterday with heavy bipartisan support across gender and age groups in a thrashing of her 21 contenders.

The 67-year-old, who is Tokyo’s first female leader, clinched more than 3.5 million votes with 95 per cent of the votes counted as of press time last night. This was 4.3 times the 820,000 votes that her nearest challenger, lawyer Kenji Utsunomiya, 73, managed.

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