Yuri Fujikawa, 28, who is a local politician in Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture, has been a topic of conversation on the Internet since she was elected in April, 2007. She has been called by bloggers “too beautiful” to be a politician. Apparently, she has alienated some of her political supporters because of her exposure in an upcoming photo album and DVD, in which she poses in a swimsuit.
Fujikawa was elected as a successor to her father. She basically inherited her father's supporters in his community, which is a common practice in Japanese politics.
“I'm tired of her. I have broken up my support group for her,” says Satoru Sasaki, 39, whose father had supported Fujikawa's father. Another source who is close to Fujikawa says, “Despite the political bond between their fathers, Ms Fujikawa looks down on Mr Sasaki, even though he is older than her.”
Fujikawa actually used to work as a caregiver at a nursing home for the elderly, which Sasaki's father runs, just before she became a politician.
Sasaki says: “I used to manage her media appearances because I thought she had the best interests of Hachinohe at heart. But lately she refuses to appear on variety programs unless she is paid, preferring instead to pose in a swimsuit for a photo album. I don't understand how she thinks that is working for the city.”
Fujikawa's father told Shukan Post: “As far as her DVD is concerned, I think she gets carried away a bit. But she works hard as a politician. I regret the break-up of the support group but it's no use crying anymore.” (Translated by Taro Fujimoto)© Japan Today