English article: Deaf writing bar hostess wins assembly seat in Tokyo

April 29, 2015   


As she has overcome her hearing impairment most of her life, a popular Ginza bar hostess also triumphed over an election system stacked against candidates with hearing and speech impediments.
Rie Saito, 31, won an assembly seat in Tokyo's Kita Ward on April 26 despite not being allowed to pass out fliers or her name card, and even prohibited from writing campaign messages on a board to get her message out to voters.

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