Episode 23: Youngest female mayor

What would you do as the elected leader of a community?

Three Kyodo News journalists -- Yamaguchi-san, Eduardo and Toma -- talk about Shoko Kawata, who became Japan's youngest female mayor at 33 years old in Yawata, Kyoto Prefecture. Listen as they discuss Japan's gender gap in politics compared to other nations and talk about why it appears unlikely to improve.

Article mentioned in the podcast:

Ex-lawmaker secretary becomes Japan's youngest female mayor at 33

Kyodo News presents a bilingual podcast for English learners about the ins and outs of news writing and how to translate tricky Japanese phrases into English. Have fun listening to journalists discuss recent articles as they occasionally go off on unrelated tangents.

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Shoko Kawata, who became Japan's youngest-ever female mayor at 33 years old after winning election in Yawata, Kyoto Prefecture, western Japan, holds a press conference at the city office on Nov. 16, 2023, her first day in office. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo