Former Japanese defense minister Yuriko Koike appears during her campaign rally for the Tokyo gubernatorial election in Tokyo on July 29, 2016. [Xinhua]
Exit polls show former Defense Minister Yuriko Koike is set to be elected as Tokyo's first female governor.
Koike, a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), ran as an independent candidate after failing to win the party's endorsement.
The election, contested by a record field of 21 candidates, was called after Tokyo's previous governor resigned over a financial scandal.
A key task for Koike will be dealing with Tokyo's troubled preparations for the 2020 summer Olympics.
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