First Indian Man to win Japan Elections!
Puranik Yogendra, a 41-year-old Indian-origin Japanese, who is also known as 'Yogi', hails from Pune, India, has been elected to Tokyo's Edogawa Ward assembly, becoming the first Indian to win the elections in Japan.
The poll has been held on April 21st as a part of unified local elections conducted across Japan and Yogi secured 6,477 votes, becoming the fifth highest of the 226,561 valid ballots cast.
Over 34,000 Indians are residing in Japan and Edogawa Ward has the highest number of Indian residents among Tokyo's 23 wards with nearly 4,300 Indians.
Yogi came to Japan in 1997 as a university student of India. And now, this is his unforgettable victory of him as an Indian in elections in Japan.
This is also a recognition of contributions made by Indians towards the Japanese society,' Shamshad Khan’, the author of Changing Dynamics of India-Japan Relations.
Yogi's manifesto promises to take care of bringing in more creche' for babies, helping non-local kids get into government schools and vocational training of breastfeeding mothers.