Asia Pacific Greens Network (APGN) Statement on the Victory of Ms.Kazumi Inamura for the City Mayoral Election
25 November 2010
The Asia Pacific Greens Network congratulates Kazumi Inamura on her fantastic victory in the City Mayoral Election of Amagasaki, Japan on November 21, making her the first and the youngest female Green mayor in Japan.
Ms.Kazumi Inamura, former co-leader of Greens Japan, had been a member of the Hyogo Prefectural Assembly for several years.
She decided to run for the city mayoral election only some months ago, following the current mayor’s announcement of retirement. She was running for the election as an independent candidate, garnering tremendous support from citizen volunteers as well as Green city councilors.
She defeated other three candidates with 54.3 % of the votes, vowing to continue her predecessor’s policies promoting participatory democracy and information disclosure. She also laid out her own vision of budget reform and transparency as well as policies to make Amagasaki a more environmentally friendly city.
Ms Inamura joined the Green movement in Japan, just after her first career as a parliamentarian,
making considerable Green achievements in such a short time. She attended the First Congress of the Asia Pacific Greens Network in Kyoto (2005) as a young green staff, also gave a well received speech to the Second Global Greens Congress, held in May 2008 in Sao Paulo. Earlier this year she joined the Second APGN Congress in Taipei and has actively contributed to the newly formed APGN Anti-Nuclear Action Group.
Amagasaki City is one of the top 50 cities in Japan with 460,000 residents, located between Kobe and Osaka in west Japan.
We consider this a landmark, a major success for the APGN. We celebrate her victory and promise continuous support for her introduction and promotion of Green politics in order to realise her vision of making Amagasaki a sustainable City.
The APGN Coordinating Committee recommends the creation of a program to facilitate regular exchange of best practices among elected and appointed Green officials in the local government for their mutual learning, support and inspiration. We hope the kind Mayor-elected Ms Inamura will support this!
The APGN Coordinating Committee