Aya Kamikawa

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Aya Kamikawa
KAMIKAWA Aya 2007.JPG
Kamikawa in 2007
Native name 上川 あや
Born (1968-01-25) January 25, 1968 (age 46)
Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Politician

Aya Kamikawa (上川 あや Kamikawa Aya?, born January 25, 1968)[1]) is a Tokyo municipal official, the first openly transgender person to seek or win elected office in Japan. She was elected in April 2003.[2] Kamikawa, then a 35-year-old writer, submitted her election application papers with a blank space for "sex."[3]

She won a four-year term as an independent under huge media attention, placing sixth of 72 candidates running for 52 seats in the Setagaya ward assembly, the most populous district in Tokyo.[2] Despite an announcement that the government would continue to consider her male officially, she stated that she would work as a woman. Her platform was to improve rights for women, children, the elderly, the handicapped, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

In April 2007, she was re-elected to her second term, placing second of 71 candidates running for 52 in the same ward assembly. She is the only openly transgender official in Japan at this point.

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