NEW YORK – Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike was named one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People of 2017 by Time Magazine on Thursday along with U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“When I first met Yuriko Koike … during a trip to Japan in February, I was immediately struck by how her vision was fixed on the future,” said Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, a member of the jury.
“In politics and in business, power is often exercised by men, while women must struggle to be heard. As the first female governor of Tokyo … Koike is a trailblazer and an example for Japanese women — and women all around the world,” she said.
“She has both ambition for Tokyo and an acute awareness of the challenges it faces, including addressing climate change, supporting the new digital economy and making her city more sustainable and inclusive,” Hidalgo said.
The latest edition of the magazine’s annual list is an eclectic group that also includes Chance the Rapper, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles and FBI Director James Comey.
Also on the list were notables mostly from the worlds of government, business, and art and entertainment, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and the U.S. president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump.
Among those selected in the Leaders category are the U.S. president, Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea.
This is the second straight year Trump has made the list. Trump staffers Reince Priebus and Stephen Bannon also are in the group.
Other notable names include Russian President Vladimir Putin, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, basketball superstar LeBron James, actress Emma Stone and singers John Legend and Ed Sheeran.