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High-profile opposition figure Renho to run for Tokyo governor

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Good luck, Renho.

Much prefer you over Koike.

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Awesome. The old boys network won't like this though!

-7 ( +22 / -29 )

She lied about her dual citizenship, violating the law of the land. She’s not to be trusted.

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Renho is known for her combative stance and often blunt remarks, particularly during public discussions aimed at weeding out waste in government programs when the Democratic Party of Japan, a predecessor of the CDPJ, was in power from 2009 to 2012.

Being combative against the LDP is a good thing, but what policy differentials or results has she produced?

If the political establishment want to go the girl power route what about the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) 's Tomoko Tamura ?

She may not be in the running but it is just a fantasy pick. One that would produce more beneficial results for the people of Tokyo as opposed to Koike's terrible handling for the people of COVID and the Olympics.

18 ( +25 / -7 )

House of Councillors lawmaker Renho will require a fully supported campaign team.

If my Japanese language/written skills were business level, I would gladly volunteer to offer any support.

0 ( +7 / -7 )

Some choice...Another reason for being grateful that we do not live in Tokyo.

-5 ( +9 / -14 )

Best of Luck, always good to get fresh ideas and visions.

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""Born to a Taiwanese father and a Japanese mother, she has also faced scrutiny over her former dual nationality status, which is not allowed under Japanese law.""

How SAD.

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The Japanese public weren't ready for Renho when she became the leader of the main opposition party. Her straight shooting talk was a liability but in 2024 it probably will be better received. She and Koike are two intelligent women who are good communicators so the campaign should be better than the usual snorefest and Arigato Gozaimuses with waving white gloves.

As for the dude from the small mountain town outside in Hiroshima, WTF has Shinji Ishimaru done for Tokyo? Being known for his 'fierce exchanges' with the media and members of the municipal assembly is just about the lamest 'qualification' I've heard about in J politics. Wouldn't trust him to handle anything in any real city politics especially as being the big shot in a small rural town in Japan is the last thing Tokyo needs.

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J politics need, yearns for a credible opposition.

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Born to a Taiwanese father and a Japanese mother, she has also faced scrutiny over her former dual nationality status, which is not allowed under Japanese law.

Which is archaic and should be changed.

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There is no need for Japanese politicians to have Chinese or Korean nationality.

Nationality is a very important factor as it is stipulated by law.

It is up to the Japanese people to decide whether it is outdated or not.

And since China is a neighboring country, it is extremely dangerous for someone with multiple nationalities to run as a candidate.

Since she has not made her nationality clear, she is not qualified to run.

By the way, her children have Chinese nationality even though they were born with her Japanese husband.

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Agent_Neo

Today 08:35 pm JST

There is no need for Japanese politicians to have Chinese or Korean nationality.

> Nationality is a very important factor as it is stipulated by law.

> It is up to the Japanese people to decide whether it is outdated or not.

> And since China is a neighboring country, it is extremely dangerous for someone with multiple nationalities to run as a candidate.

> Since she has not made her nationality clear, she is not qualified to run

But the article says

she has also faced scrutiny over her former dual nationality status,

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She will do a much better job than Koike.

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GO RENHO! Yuriko Koike was an absolute disaster during Covid.

We need more leaders in Japan that are pro-women, pro-foreigner, pro-worker, and not pro-LDP, not pro-corporate collectivist, not pro-oligarch.

I hope every young woman in Tokyo gets out and votes for her. I certainly would if I could.

-3 ( +8 / -11 )

She will do a much better job than Koike.

I remember Koike taking a break due to fatigue probably due to overwork/stress. Why on earth would she continue her job?

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I hope she gets elected on a "let's reopen the Olympics' books" ticket and goes after everyone who got an envelope full of bills.

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Way better than Koike!!!!!

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

Competent woman. Will a Taiwanese father seal her fate or are the Japanese open minded enough?

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quercetumToday  11:07 pm JST

Competent woman. Will a Taiwanese father seal her fate or are the Japanese open minded enough?

That would be a bigger problem in China, than in Japan.

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Good luck! I hope she gets it and I'd take her a million times over Koike.

OssanAmerica: "That would be a bigger problem in China, than in Japan."

Maybe, maybe not, but at least you admit it's still a problem here with your comment, and a BIG problem it is. Her ethnic background was such a problem with the Yamato (or people who THINK they are) Japanese that she has had to back down and back out before, and her undisclosed dual nationality suddenly posed a huge problem -- not her policies, not her actions, just an idea of where she comes from.

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Koike will win..

GO KOIKE!!..

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She is a liar and a coward who denied her Taiwanese roots for years and lied about it in parlement.

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This woman is suspected of having not only dual citizenship but also triple citizenship, a suspicion that has yet to be cleared.

There are seriously no good candidates in Tokyo.

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a suspicion that has yet to be cleared.

Or even supported for that matter.

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In this election Renho has a good chance of defeating Koike. This is understandable for several reasons:

1). Weakness of the conservative bloc, which will lead to a high abstention of its voters.

2). Age. Renho 54 years old, Koike 71 years old.

3). Unity of all left-wing parties and blaming everything on the LDP and Kishida.

The left-wing parties have a golden opportunity in these elections. Thanks to the mistakes and incompetence of the LDP.

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Most comments here coming from people who are not a resident of Tokyo Prefecture yet they have the nerve to bash Gov.Koike for this and that! They should stick to their own prefecture politics!

The residents of Tokyo will stick with Koike for another term as she has done so much for Tokyo that the city of Tokyo is being mentioned internationally in such positive ways! Never before was Tokyo so popular globally until Gov.Koike took charge.

Yes, there were negative as well such as the Covid pandemic and the pandemic hit Olympics! But that’s totally understandable because no city in the world was able to deal with Covid effectively. Tokyo one of the worlds largest and most populous cities kept up to par with other major cities.

Olympic fiasco blame goes to the LDP led Government and the weak PM Suga who was bullied by IOC President Bash. LDP Government didn’t have the balls to cancel it in the first place!

Gov.Koike will win with a landslide despite the few haters who will continue to hate her!

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

The residents of Tokyo will stick with Koike for another term as she has done so much for Tokyo that the city of Tokyo is being mentioned internationally in such positive ways! Never before was Tokyo so popular globally until Gov.Koike took charge.

As a long-term resident of Tokyo, I pray you are wrong.

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The view from her office in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building must be awesome.

I remember Koike taking a break due to fatigue probably due to overwork/stress. Why on earth would she continue her job?

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A change is as good as a holiday!

cue the smear campaign from LDP cronies…

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MeiyouwentiMay 27  05:09 pm JST

She lied about her dual citizenship, violating the law of the land.

It's a stupid law.

Agent_NeoMay 27  08:35 pm JST

There is no need for Japanese politicians to have Chinese or Korean nationality.

They shouldn't, you mean. It is that because you're paranoid and racist?

And since China is a neighboring country, it is extremely dangerous for someone with multiple nationalities to run as a candidate.

That's for the voters to decide. If they don't vote for such a person they're not "dangerous." It sounds like you don't trust Japanese voters to make the right choice.

Since she has not made her nationality clear, she is not qualified to run.

That's not for you to decide.

By the way, her children have Chinese nationality even though they were born with her Japanese husband.

Wouldn't it be Taiwanese? It's rather disingenuous of you not to make the distinction clear. I thought Japan was generally okay with Taiwan, so I suppose you just don't like foreign people in general.

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Renho looks the business, if nit-picking was the business that is. She has led her coalition into the peripheries and almost irrelevancy despite years of mismanagement, scandals, cronyism and corruption from the LDP. Don't know how that qualifies her to know run Tokyo. Still haven't a clue what her party really stands for other than an anti-something. Sorry Renho, had high hopes too.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

I hope she wins. She will be better than the one now.

She has constantly gone after the corrupt LDP. She will be welcomed change. She's more qualified than the previous three mayors (Let's not forget two resigned due to bribery).

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Ricky Kaminski13Today  10:43 am JST

Renho looks the business, if nit-picking was the business that is. She has led her coalition into the peripheries and almost irrelevancy despite years of mismanagement, scandals, cronyism and corruption from the LDP.

Erm, she hasn't really been in any leadership position since 2017. Furthermore I suspect the LDP playing up the nationality card was a factor in her stepping down after just a year.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Shameless Japanese far-rights promptly started discriminative slanders against Renho on the pretext of her origin.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

As a long living Tokyo citizen, anyone is better than Koike. Actually anyone else that is not from LDP should be 100 times better.

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