That was a turning point for him and he decided to join politics himself. Three years later, Puranik, who is popularly known as Yogi, was a councilor; the first person of Indian origin to be elected to office in Japan.

Yogendra ‘Yogi’ Puranik is the first Indian-origin person to have been elected to office in Japan. The engineer-turned-politician wants to act as a bridge between the foreign community and city administration.

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