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2/6/2002--Yugawara Town, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan..Finnish born Marutei Tsurunen, a naturalised Japanese citizen since 1979, has become the first westerner to ever hold a seat in Japan's Diet. A member of the Democratic Party of Japan, Tsurunen had already sat on local city councils but this year obtained his Upper House seat after the current holder resigned, leaving the seat open to the election's runnerup...All photographs ©2003 Stuart Isett.All rights reserved.This image may not be reproduced without expressed written permission from Stuart Isett.