Ex - Foreign Ministry Official To Become Japan's Youngest Mayor At 28

Ex-Foreign Ministry official to become Japan's youngest mayor at 28A 28-year-old former Foreign Ministry official is set to become the youngest mayor in Japan after beating the 61-year-old incumbent in an election in Osaka Prefecture on Sunday.
Shuhei Azuma will assume office as mayor of Shijonawate in the western Japan prefecture on Friday, taking the title of the youngest municipal chief from Yonosuke Terui, 32, mayor of the town of Esashi in Hokkaido, according to the National Association of Towns and Villages as well as Japan Association of City Mayors.

He will be the second youngest mayor on record after Kotaro Shishida who was elected mayor of the city of Musashimurayama in Tokyo in 1994 when he was 27 years old.

Running as an independent, Azuma, a business consultancy employee, defeated incumbent mayor Kazunori Doi.

"I feel great responsibility after becoming the youngest mayor (in Japan). I would like to vigorously push forward with my duties with my fellow citizens," Azuma told reporters late Sunday.

Hailing from the city, Azuma entered the Foreign Ministry in 2014 after completing graduate school at Kyoto University. He quit the ministry after a year and a half to join the business consultancy.

Azuma received 10,659 votes, while Doi got 8,407 votes, the final result showed.