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Koike may shoot for premiership after Tokyo Olympics

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Koike may shoot for premiership after Tokyo Olympics

"After the Olympics"... so therefore never?

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Shoot at right moment is her expertise.

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She will be 71 after her term is up! After earning a month what most people earn in half a year, can't she retire? Or is she incapable of future planning. Not just her by the way but a plethora of politicians seem to need their egos stroked by power forgetting completely their job description, that being making citizens lives easier and happy. If you disagree I would point to the plummeting birth rate over the last several decades.

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She will need to actually do a much better job as the Governor first before she becomes the Prime Minister. So far, I have not seen much from her other than talk.

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She will be 71 by then. Is another ageing ultra nationalist really the best choice?

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I simply suggest that Koike fulfill the second 4-year term. She has a powerful mandate for Japan's biggest city whose population size and economy are almost equal to those of the Netherlands.

Things are also likely to change abruptly and unexpectedly in a year to come, may fail to meet her timetable for PM.

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She's proven she's no different than the rest of the Nippon Kaigi, so why not?

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Many people here complain about Koike san.

But she won with a very high distance to her opponents.

All my japanese friends, coworkers and voters said, that there is absolut no other candidate who can make a better job than her.

All japanese people I know voted for her.

If I had the right to vote, I would also vote for her.

Do you guys, who complain about her, has a better candidate in mind? (For Tokyo Governor and Prime Minister)

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Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike record in office must/should be judged and, yes vigorously challenged by ruling Government and more applicably by the media.

Even 2018 figure are bordering on dire. So, one can only speculate on the current state of fiscal/monetary management.

Real Deficit Ratio, Consolidated Real Deficit Ratio, Capital Shortage Ratio figures are conspicuous by there absence

More worryingly is in the areas of current and future revenue and expenditure, opaque is one Interpretation.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Finance.

Trends in Key Financial Index

https://www.zaimu.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/bond/en/tosai_zaimu/tosai_zaimu_shihyo.html

Political ambition cannot be a substitute for proven enterprise, innovation, and at least a working basic knowledge of how to implement structural change/reform.

Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike, holds a press conference works the flip charts, and then vacates back to the broom cardboard.

There is dysfunctionality to Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike leadership, beyond the superficial/cosmetic.

The failure to fully account for the continued lack to fulfill promised key child welfare and social reform. A glaring failure to implement a programme/policy of test, trace, track to prevent a pandemic second wave.    

Most of all I find Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike poisonous/toxic brand of nationalism/xenophobia repulsive.

At least, if ever Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike ever decides to re-enter the field in mainstream politics, I have a vote.

I would also be willing to actively support an opposition. One area I have proven expertise is raising finance. And have served as economic researcher for Gordon Browns Government.

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*She will need to actually do a much better job as the Governor first before she becomes the Prime Minister. *

Dont think doing a "good or better job " before becoming a PM is a pre-requisite in Japan , how good a job did Abe , Aso etc..did before they became PM,s?  Way worse ,I,d say.

All japanese people I know voted for her.If I had the right to vote, I would also vote for her.

Do you guys, who complain about her, has a better candidate in mind? (For Tokyo Governor and Prime Minister)

Tend to agree , right now there is no one better with broad enough support to have a shot at PMs job...the Governor,s of Osaka & Hokkaido did well re. covid 19 but they are young and unfortunately in Japan , young age seems to be a disadvantage when having a shot at being a top dog. Wish it was different, but unfortunately it is what it is. Opposition,s failure at being able to unite and field a capable & charismatic candidate is frustrating after all this time.

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She will be 71 after her term is up! After earning a month what most people earn in half a year, can't she retire?

New to Japan politics? 71 is still a baby. Ishihara retired as governor when he was 80 and politics at 82.

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Monty, why a single candidate?

In these times of trouble and strife, coronavirus epidemic, financial instability, etc perhaps a more nuanced approach to political leadership, a unified government?

Focused on economic structural reform, maybe it is time for the old to make way for the new, the rule book be torn up.

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@Monty

Many people here complain about Koike san.

But she won with a very high distance to her opponents.

There were no opponents. If there were credible opponents, she would not have won. Not every Japanese national voted for her. And the ones who did, did so because the Japanese do not like change.

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Michael Machida, I would wager a bet that a majority J 18/24 eligible to vote have never seen the inside of a “voting booth”. If my family is an example.

Hong Kong protests have youth fighting in streets for just a taste of J system of democracy.

I am ashamed/despairing when younger members of my family world revolve around staring at a smart phone, when in reality there is nothing smart about such delusional fecklessness.

I have been accused quite rightly where politics is concerned to be the families premier moaning millennial. It is quite correct and I am proud of the fact.

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what Olympics? How about stop predicting things

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She has my vote!

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Trump 74 years old

Putin 67 years old

Koike 67 years old

Not too late.

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Hopefully she completes her full term and then challenge for PM.

She is the one to destroy or reform LDP to make a real change in Japanese politics.

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Personalities aside, I am sure that Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike is relieved that inexplicably the media ignored the Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike betrayal/reversed of/to the promise to redevelop the city’s famed Tsukiji fish market…….

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike reneges on Tsukiji promises

https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/tokyo-governor-yuriko-koike-reneges-on-tsukiji-promises

Come on, would the real Yuriko Koike take a step forward, drop the newscaster propaganda, biased interpretation, fake spin campaigning.

And be held to account for Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike first 4 years tenure.

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itsonlyrocknroll:

Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike betrayal/reversed of/to the promise to redevelop the city’s famed Tsukiji fish market…….

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike reneges on Tsukiji promises

No. The article is mistaken. If you can understand Japanese language, you should read WHAT KOIKE ACTUALLY SAID, not what media think what she said.

Here is the full text:

https://www.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/tosei/governor/governor/kishakaiken/2017/06/20.html

And here is the important part (the last paragraph in her speech):

ちなみに築地でございますけれども、これはPTの案を持ってきた絵でありますけれども、これに特にこだわっているわけではございません。...地域の皆様方とも話をしながら進めていきたいと考えております。

(By the way, [the idea for] Tsukiji is one picture given by our Project Team. I AM NOT PARTICULAR ABOUT THIS IDEA ... [Rather] I would like to proceed, discussing with the local people.)

You see. An example she gave was only "a picture given by Project Team" and she was not particular about it. She said it clearly that she was not committed to it: it was just an example given by her Project Team. What she wanted was to build a future of Tsukiji discussing with the local people. And so her government asked public in following months to give their opinions about Tsukiji's future. That's how her final plan was developed.

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Socrateos

Your point is?

That is exactly why things are wrong.

look at Canada, France, New Zealand, their leaders are young and vibrant. Trump 74 showing clear signs of dementia. Putin 67 showing no sign of retirement just brutality, makes him feel good. You forgot XI the now emperor for life who forces sterilisation and re education camps on those same people he is responsible for as a self appointed leader. Not one of them has any care or concern for the well being of the people suffering under their rule. There is a retirement age for a good reason.

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socrateos, still a tad rusty, or could that be lazy to fully develop my Kanji skills.

I do have a sense of inference when a politician intentionally obscures and/or embellishes their true intentions.

"a picture given by Project Team"....No such entity, advice is offered, the final division, importantly where the buck stops is with Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike. I am not having a bark, interpretation of the facts. *

I guess it is my cynicism when faced with misleading/irrelevant insistence that when a commitment is deemed not a commitment after all.

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Sorry, syntax is skew-whiff....

No such entity, advice is offered, the final division, importantly, where the buck stops is with Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike. I am not having a bark, interpretation of the facts.

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Would it be harsh, disingenuous to suggest that Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike deliberately intended to mislead the true intentions for the Tsukiji Fish Market redevelopment?

May I also contend that Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike lack of transparency could be misconstrued as impropriety? To perhaps to move the process forward?

Japan's Tsukiji Fish Market to become a food theme park?

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/tsukiji-fish-market-theme-park/index.html

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itsonlyrocknroll:

when a commitment is deemed not a commitment after all.

It's a commitment. Painting with color may be a commitment, but an example showing with red color is just an example. It does not have to be red; it can be blue or something else.

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Let’s agree that political office is abstract, socrateos.

My criticism of Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is blunt, may I suggest you might find irritating and inappropriate, even rude.

However, I whole heartily insist not personal.

Let’s see what the future holds. And then take stock.

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The actual PM is decided in the political backrooms by weighing up debts and favours incurred in the past, and potential debts and favours to be owed in the future. Nothing to do with ability or experience.

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