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Tokyo Gov Koike declares intention to run for 3rd term, setting up showdown with Renho

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Koike also faces an accusation from a former aide who recently resurfaced a claim that he was complicit in a scheme to falsify her academic credentials, alleging she may not have graduated from Cairo University in Egypt. The governor denies the allegation.

That should be fairly easy to confirm, one would think.

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Time to dump these old LDP Nippon Kaiga fossils for the good of the nation.

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"We should not stop the powerful path of a sustainable society that can be realized through drastic structural reforms,"

Like giving the green light to cutting down hundreds of trees so that Mitsui Fudosan and Itochu can put up another ugly glass and steel "multipurpose" skyscraper.

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Time to dump these old LDP Nippon Kaiga fossils

Agree, but didn’t Koike leave the LDP back in 2017.

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Even when so many people have disagreement with her, her voter numbers is good. Japanese society really love incumbent and new comer need to share voters. So she might still good chance.

In 2016 she got 44.49% of votes, in 2020 she got 59.7% of votes in 2024?

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Japanese seem to be addicted to safety, harmony and convenience, so much is their economy will go backwards because of it.

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@Asiamman ',

I think you are right but she still has close ties to it.Like in the last national election when she announced her candidacy as an independent in order to gain the floating voters to prevent them from voting for the LDP's main opposition.

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Koike or Renho…

Do I want cancer or AIDS…

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"We should not stop the powerful path of a sustainable society that can be realized through drastic structural reforms," Koike said.

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And having held power in Tokyo for years then what has she ‘structurally reformed’ ???

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Today  07:15 am JST

"We should not stop the powerful path of a sustainable society that can be realized through drastic structural reforms,"

“ Like giving the green light to cutting down hundreds of trees so that Mitsui Fudosan and Itochu can put up another ugly glass and steel "multipurpose" skyscraper. “

If you like trees and midori so much, go to the inaka; … didn’t you learn that big cities (especially those with a population of more than ten million(!)(!)) have tall buildings and skyscrapers?

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Yes, vote Koike! Her small mistakes in managing the Olympics only cost the taxpayers a few tens of billions of coconuts. Let's give her another chance at wasting more money! Vote Koike!

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Plus the eradication of the beloved Tsukiji Wholesale Market on her watch. Could have rebuilt it in place and kept one of the wonders of the world, but noooooo...big money developers won again. P.S. where are the trash bins and when are they coming back, eh?

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Asiaman7:

"Time to dump these old LDP Nippon Kaiga fossils"

Agree, but didn’t Koike leave the LDP back in 2017.

Yes, Koike left the party and became the governor of Tokyo. Not only that, she is largely responsible for almost destroying the Tokyo LDP. The LDP has little power in Tokyo politics due to her. As of today, she does not belong to any party, though she remains a consultant for the Tomin First Party.

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This is gonna be awesome. Two power ladies from two camps going at it. May the best person win! Not a huge Koike fan, but my instinct tells me she will have Renho for breakfast. Just watching Renhos body language, the over-theatrics, and those big bowing entrances and almost overbearing smiles. Playing the 'nice' card, very much in the style of New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern. Similar political persuasions too.

I get it, the left comes from down to up, but I'm not sure she will resonate with the savvy fast-thinking Tokyo voters.

Nice doesn't tend to make competent leadership. We shall see though. The need for some sort of change is palpable.

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It's none of our business, the Japanese will decide their own fate. However, Renhō has something sinister about her. Would fit in well as an alien in "Men in Black".

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If so many candidates (40!) are applying for Tokyo governor, the perks are surely exquisite. Quality and performance of the candidates is unfortunately not something the media review.

It seems a pattern for capital cities especially to reelect whoever is the incumbent.

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I live and pay taxes in Tokyo. I consider it a well run city and would support Koike san if I could vote. I have no idea wgat Renho san stands for policy wise.

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If Renho wins Tokyo will be a Communist prefecture!

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If Renho wins Tokyo will be a Communist prefecture!

Why exactly?

Koike or Renho…Do I want cancer or AIDS…

Why, both of these women are better than any random oyaji LDP can come up with.

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Koike has been a total disaster for the people of Tokyo. We've seen her full body of work and it's clear her interests lie in benefiting the cronies. She's like the Japan equivalent of Richard Daley.

Go Renho! I may not fully agree with all of her positions, but she is the direction the country should be heading in.

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Present Tokyo governor also continue to waste taxpayers money for large corporations. for example, Koike spends 4.8 billions to decorate metropolitan office to benefit ad corporation "Dentsu" who have strong influence to major media through advertisements. on the other hand, poverty people stand in line to private food aid at foot of decorated metropolitan office.

Present many TV news shows lacking journalism avoid even verification about last 8 years of present governor, don't mention also Koike's falsifying careers at all.

Yesterday, one independent journalist quested to Koike about falsifying careers, Koike escaped from there soon. But TV news never broadcasted even its scene that present governor cannot answer and escaped. most TV commentators who broadcast stations already prepared are "pro-Koike" "Anti-Renho".

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@Aoi Azurri,

Great post.

Journalism in Japan is a joke.

Obfuscation and ignoring the facts are the norm in Japan.

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Yuriko Koike just “X’d” this today:

東京都議会本会議にて、新たな決意を表明しました。

2期8年間、志を同じくする仲間と共に、全身全霊で駆け抜けてきました。100年先も全ての人が輝く東京の未来へと繋ぐために、都民の皆さまの共感を得て、バージョンアップした「東京大改革3.0」を進めていく覚悟です。

AIゆりこによる"AI YURIKO NEWS"をお届けします。今回のトピックは #所得制限撤廃 です。

これまでの都政での取り組みをわかりやすく広く伝えるために、生成AIによる動画を作成しました。現職都知事として公務に邁進している小池ゆりこ本人に代わって、AIゆりこがお伝えします。

Well, since the “perfect” candidate doesn’t exist, I’m just gonna say that she’s competent enough to lead this great city. AND she can speak English. Go Koike!

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AND she can speak English. Go Koike!

A pity she's suspected to have lied about her qualifications which is a big deal in Japan. Arabic speakers were confused by how she mixes fusha with Egyptian words and uses wrong words at the wrong time. Someone of her background may not be able to speak Arabic as well as she used to, but her level is said to be unbelievably bad for a graduate.

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In this election, Renho has a very serious chance of winning. And in the event that Koike wins, it will be by a very slim margin.

Bad times are expected for the LDP all over Japan.

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'Koike runs for 3rd term as there is zero opposition.'

Fixed the title.

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A pro-polygamy candidate would be a sure-fire winner, IMO.

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Renho or Koike...

Beauty or the beast?

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