Niigata voters elect antinuclear governor in blow to Abe’s energy policy

Author: Nippon.com

Categories: Energy and Technology, In-Depth with Nippon.com

Antinuclear candidate Yoneyama Ryuichi won the Niigata gubernatorial contest on October 16, 2016, in a setback to the government’s efforts to restart Tokyo Electric Power’s largest nuclear plant, Kashiwazaki-Kariwa, located in the prefecture.

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Abe’s nuclear Japan goals face more ballot-box battles in 2017

Author: Bloomberg

Categories: Energy and Technology, In the News

The process of restarting nuclear reactors in Japan may be slowed by the anti-nuclear, which has seen wins from gubernatorial candidates in Niigata and Kagoshima prefectures in the past few months, Sasakawa USA’s Tobias Harris said in an October 18 article by Bloomberg.

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Koike Yuriko Named Tokyo’s First Female Governor

Author: Nippon.com

Categories: In-Depth with Nippon.com

On July 31, 2016, former Minister of Defense Koike Yuriko was elected as the new governor of Tokyo. Running as an independent candidate, she defeated Masuda Hiroya, the former minister of internal affairs and communications who was endorsed ahead of her by the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and Kōmeitō. Koike becomes the first female governor of Tokyo and the ninth person to hold the position in the postwar era. In winning the gubernatorial contest, she will be the international face of the Japanese capital in the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

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Tokyo Elects First Woman Governor by Landslide Over Abe Pick

Author: Bloomberg & USA Today

Categories: In the News

Former environment minister Yuriko Koike will have the spotlight more than any previous woman in Japanese politics after Tokyo elected her on Sunday as the prefecture’s first female governor, Sasakawa USA’s Tobias Harris said in a Bloomberg article reporting on the election.

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