Yūto Yoshida

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Mayor Yūto Yoshida

Yūto Yoshida (吉田 雄人, Yoshida Yūto, born 3 December 1975) is a Japanese politician who serves as mayor of Yokosuka, Kanagawa from 10 July 2009.

Early life[edit]

After graduating from Yokosuka High School in 1994 and Waseda University in 1999, Yoshida worked at Accenture for two years and then studied political science at graduate school.[1][2]

Political career[edit]

In 2003, Yoshida ran for Yokosuka's assembly election, in which he was the youngest candidate and won the most votes.[2][3][4] He was reelected in 2007, gaining more votes than any other candidate again.[3]

In the mayoral election held on 28 June 2009, Yoshida beat Ryōichi Kabaya, a former government official and the incumbent mayor backed by former Prime Minister Junichirō Koizumi and three major political parties.[1][3] His victory, making him the first mayor of Yokosuka who has no bureaucratic background since 1973,[5] is seen as a blow to the prospects for Shinjirō Koizumi, Junichirō Koizumi's second son, who plans to run for the coming national election.[3]


  1. ^ a b Shinkai, Hiroshi (29 June 2009). 小泉神通力に陰り 横須賀市長に吉田さん 30代旋風『王国』にサプライズ. The Tokyo Shimbun - Tokyo Web (in Japanese). Chunichi Shimbun. Archived from the original on July 1, 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  2. ^ a b 吉田雄人の略歴. The Official Website of Yūto Yoshida (in Japanese). Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Koizumi's candidate knocked out as mayor". The Japan Times Online. Kyodo. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  4. ^ 吉田市議が所属会派を離団、市長選出馬への動きか. Kanaloco (in Japanese). Kanagawa Shimbun. Kyodo. 9 March 2009. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  5. ^ Yoshida, Masaru (29 June 2009). 選挙:横須賀市長選 吉田氏が初当選. The Mainichi Shimbun (in Japanese). Retrieved 30 June 2009. [dead link]

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Preceded by
Ryōichi Kabaya
Mayor of Yokosuka
10 July 2009–present