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LDP unlikely to field candidate against Koike in Tokyo governor race

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Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party is unlikely to field its own candidate in the Tokyo gubernatorial race in July, while considering supporting the incumbent, Yuriko Koike, if she seeks a third four-year term, LDP sources said Tuesday.

The development comes after the conservative LDP, headed by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, lost three seats in House of Representatives by-elections late last month, with a political funds scandal significantly undermining public trust in the party.

The gubernatorial race has drawn public attention as voters can directly elect the leader of Tokyo from a diverse range of candidates, often including celebrities such as athletes, comedians, journalists, novelists and former lawmakers.

With concerns growing that Kishida's leadership could weaken further if the LDP loses the gubernatorial race in the capital following the lower house by-elections, his aides have been inclined to avoid a possible confrontation with Koike, the sources said.

Koike, a former newscaster who became Japan's first female defense minister in 2007 when she served as an LDP lawmaker, has not yet declared her candidacy for the July 7 gubernatorial race, for which official campaigning starts on June 20.

In the previous race in 2020, which was held amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Koike secured reelection as an independent candidate. But her popularity is believed to be waning, evidenced by the crushing defeat of a candidate she backed in the by-election in Tokyo.

Koike, who became the first female Tokyo governor in 2016, has been accused by one of her former aides of lying about graduating from Cairo University in Egypt and faking her diploma. She has claimed to have been an Arabic translator.

In the by-elections in April, the LDP did not field candidates in the Tokyo No. 15 and Nagasaki No. 3 districts, while failing to defend its seat in the Shimane No. 1 constituency in the western prefecture, known as a traditional conservative stronghold.

The main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan won all three seats previously held by the LDP. The left-leaning party plans to nominate its own candidate in the upcoming Tokyo governorship race.

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Both Nippon Kaigi.

she needs booting out.

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accused by one of her former aides of lying about graduating from Cairo University in Egypt and faking her diploma. She has claimed to have been an Arabic translator.

I'd like to know more about this and if the allegations were investigated

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So she will win another election and we will have to suffer her willing of cutting trees down and building more skyscrapers that nobody needs in order to make (her) more money no matter how collapsed from people is the center.

Nice!

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I like Yuriko Koike. :) And I think she’s doing a good job.

So she will win another election and we will have to suffer her willing of cutting trees down and building more skyscrapers that nobody needs

You don’t live in Tokyo, do you? Do you know how much midori there is? Guess what, Tokyo is a BIG city—big cities have tall buildings and skyscrapers.

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Well, she is LDP.

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She's an iron lady.

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The Tree Slayer reigns for another four years. Wonderful. If there one thing Tokyo desperately needs, it's fewer green spaces.

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@rcch Metropolitan Tokyo has one of the lowest percentages of green space in the entire world at an embarrassing 7.5%. Paris is double that, and it's one of the lowest in Europe.

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@rcch I've been living in Tokyo since late 2018 and I want to live here the rest of my life. The amount of midori it's clearly not enough and yes, big cities have tall buildings and skyscrapers. The question is: with the growing implementation of working from home jobs and the reduction of workdays and, subsequently, the usage of office space, are they necessary? And is it really necessary to concentrate such big amount of vertical space not just within the 23 wards, but within Yamanote's delimitations? I'm no expert in urban planning, but cutting trees just because and building more skyscrapers when the usage of space at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower or Tokyo Midtown is not as high as it used to doesn't look like a good idea...

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Actually, it’s not about percentages or how much green space you have, it’s about how you make use of it. And do you really wanna compare Tokyo to Paris or any other European city? Smh.

To the other poster: I’ve been living here for longer than that. Maybe you should go out more(?)—enjoy the countless parks and gardens that this city has. One last question: do you know how many people live in Tokyo?

Long story short, I’ve been following Koike’s work (and what the TMG hopes to accomplish in the next few years) and, imho, (she’s not perfect but) she’s not the villain you guys think she is.

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