Tokyo Metro election results may reflect discontent with Abe’s leadership, Tobias Harris suggests

Author: Bloomberg Politics

Categories: In the News, Sasakawa USA Blog

Tokyo’s Metropolitan Assembly election on Sunday, July 2 saw a record upset of the Liberal Democratic Party in favor of the upstart Tomin First Party. In a Bloomberg Politics article covering the election,  Tobias Harris, Sasakawa USA Fellow for Economy, Trade, and Business, suggests that Prime Minister Abe’s rush to revise the Japanese constitution may explain the results.

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Koike Yuriko Named Tokyo’s First Female Governor


Categories: In-Depth with

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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