This month, 36 year old Sawako Naito beat incumbent Akiyoshi Endo, 64, to become the youngest ever female mayor in Japan, by winning the Tokushima mayoral election. Voter turnout was 38.88 percent, up 6.82 percentage points from the previous election. She told reporters, "With the perspective of a woman, I want to make Tokushima a comfortable city for working citizens and families with small children".
Naito turned 36 in March. The previous holder of the youngest female mayor was Naomi Koshi, who was elected Mayor of Otsu, Shiga Prefecture in 2012 at age 36 years six months.