Tokyo Gov Shintaro Ishihara says that Homare Sawa, the 32-year-old captain of the women's World Cup-winning team, should become Japan's next prime minister. Ishihara made the remark Wednesday at a ceremony in which the Tokyo metropolitan government awarded four members of Nadeshiko Japan with a special medal for the team's victory last month in Germany.
More than 2,300 fans attended the award ceremony held outside the Tokyo metropolitan government building in Shinjuku. Others besides Sawa receiving the award were Karina Maruyama, 28, Azusa Iwashimizu, 24, and Mana Iwabuchi, 18.
"Men have become so apathetic in Japan," Ishihara told the four players. "I want women like you to become leaders and show the way."
Sawa replied that she will be too busy to consider politics since the team begins its qualifying campaign for next year's London Olympics in September.© Japan Today