Kamikawa in 2007
|Native name||上川 あや|
|Born||January 25, 1968|
|Alma mater||Hosei University|
Aya Kamikawa (上川 あや Kamikawa Aya, born January 25, 1968) is a Tokyo municipal official. With her election in April 2003 she became the first openly transgender person to seek or win elected office in Japan.
In 2003 Kamikawa, then a 35-year-old writer, submitted her election application papers with a blank space for "sex". 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. 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.
- The Courage to Change (変えてゆく勇気 :「性同一性障害」の私から Kaete yuku yūki: "sei dōitsusei shōgai" no watakushi kara), Inawami Shoten, 2007, ISBN 9784004310648
- Aya Kamikawa's Profile
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