This Pune man is likely the first Indian to contest elections in Japan
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This Pune man is likely the first Indian to contest elections in Japan

A 41-year-old man from Pune is contesting elections but not in India. The man, Yogendra Puranik is also known as Yogi is contesting elections in Japan. He is said to be the first Indian to contest elections in Japan.

The man will contest for the Edogawa municipal elections in Tokyo and his elections manifesto is also worth a read. It includes Availability of crèche for babies, having a place of entertainment or vocational training for breastfeeding mothers and non-local children getting access to the government schools.

He told that these are the issues that are really important to the voters here.


Yogi is a retired banker by profession and he is contesting elections for Edogawa Municipal Corporation which is a constituency where 4,500 Indians reside. He is also part of constituent Democratic party of Japan.

He went to Japan to pursue his higher studies in 1997 and has worked with various IT companies there. He lived there for 20 years and has been the resident of Edogawa for 15 years.

Yogi told a national daily that “I felt that there were social issues which could not be solved just through volunteer activities.”

We really hope he wins the elections!

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