072718-sumo-mayor.jpg

072718-sumo-mayor.jpg

A woman in a black dress stands on a city street in Japan. Signs with Japanese characters are behind her, on restaurants and billboards.
Mayor Naomi Koshi is the youngest female mayor in Japan, where only 2 percent of mayors are female. Koshi and another female mayor have asked the Sumo Association to change the rules that bars women from entering a sumo ring. “Sumo is approved by the government, so it should follow the constitution, which says men and women should be treated equally,” she says.
Credit: Abby Leonard/PRI