Tomoya Hosoda

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Tomoya Hosoda (細田 智也, Hosoda Tomoya, born 14 November 1991[1]) is a Japanese politician who, on 17 March 2017, became the first transgender male politician to be elected to office when he was elected to the city council of Iruma, Saitama.[2][3]

He underwent gender confirmation surgery in 2015 at the age of 23.[4][5][a] After graduating from Teikyo University, he had worked as medical technologist at a hospital in Shizuoka before he was elected.[5][1]


  1. ^ The year of his surgery differs among the sources. While the New York Times reports that he underwent the surgery in 2014,[3] the article published by his party says it was in 2015.[5]


  1. ^ a b "トランスジェンダー公表し当選 入間市議・細田智也さん初の一般質問「ひるまず堂々と」" (in Japanese). AERA dot. [ja]. Retrieved 2017-09-14.
  2. ^ "Japan becomes first country in the world to elect transgender man to a public office". The Independent. 18 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b Motoko Rich (May 19, 2017). "Japanese Transgender Politician Is Showing 'I Exist Here'". The New York Times. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  4. ^ "Transgender Politician Wins Iruma City Council Election". 17 March 2017. Retrieved 2017-09-14.
  5. ^ a b c "「自分が大人になる未来が想像できなかった。 子どもたちには同じ思いをさせたくない」入間市議会議員 世界初のFtMトランスジェンダー議員 細田智也インタヴュー" (in Japanese). Democratic Party. Retrieved 2017-09-14.