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Japan elects its youngest female mayor, but men still rule politics

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Sawako Naito was an aspiring lawyer studying at the University of Tokyo, when she was shaken by a sudden attack of vertigo and leg weakness.

Naito felt as if she had risen abruptly from a chair after being spun around repeatedly while seated.

She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an intractable disease.

Only a short while before, Naito had passed a test to transfer from the university's literature department to the faculty of law.

Forced to abandon her dream of becoming a lawyer and tethered to an IV drip, she began exploring other career options.

Naito entered a business contest and created a project........

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