Transgendered woman wins election in Japan

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com April 29 2003 12:00 AM ET

Aya Kamikawa, a transgendered woman, won a seat in the Tokyo assembly on Sunday, the Japan Economic Newswire reports. The 35-year-old came in sixth out of 72 candidates for the 52 seats in the assembly. "I will proudly attend the assembly as a woman," Kamikawa said. However, the election will be counted as a win by a male in official election records, because Kamikawa was born male.