Japanese reggae singer lecca has won a seat in Tomin First no Kai (Tokyoites First), which is a new party led by Yuriko Koike, Tokyo's first female governer, according to an article in the Japan Times. This decision was based on her personal belief that politics, in addition to music, can influence society, stating that "we need the power of politics." She indicated on her personal website that she started training in October 2016.
"I want to work hard on child-rearing support and measures against child abuse for the younger generation" she says. More specifically, she wants to address the issue of differing costs of preschool, an issue she can relate to as a mother of two. Gender equality has been a prominent topic in lecca's musical career, with songs such as "What a girl can do" and this year's "woman."
Her venture into politics has resulted in personal details such as her real name (Reina Saito) and age becoming public, which were kept private for the majority of her 12 year career.