Puranik Yogendra fondly called ‘Yogi’ by his family and friends is the first native Indian to contest and win an election in Japan. Yogendra contested in the council elections and got elected to the Edogawa Ward Assembly in Tokyo Japan by securing 6,477 votes. He is 41 years old. As per records, more than 34,000 Indians has been living in Japan. Edogawa Ward has the highest number of Indian-origin People among Tokyo’s 23 Wards. More than 10% population in total Japan’s populations are Indian’s.
Puranik Yogendra from Pune Maharashtra went to Japan in the year 1997. He came back to India in 1999 and visited Japan again in 2001 to work as an engineer. Since 2005, He has been a resident of Edogawa Ward. In 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami shook Japan brutally in which Yogi has done a lot of social services to help the victims along with his friends in the Edogawa Ward. His social service was life-changing for Yogendra and he decided to become Japan’s permanent resident.
Yogi wished that he would be the bridge between Japanese and Foreigners told to media.