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Tokyo governor hospitalized for fatigue; 2nd time this year

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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Not surprised, the woman never stopped appearing the whole pandemic. Any chance to shuffle onto TV wearing that silly uniform waving some placard. At the beginning, I thought she just loved the attention and power, and she sometimes did come across as a bit condescending, or gunning for more enrollees for Koike TV, but her fatigue suggests she has worked herself to the bone, so good job overall I guess

-20 ( +10 / -30 )

She should be Prime Minister.

-36 ( +6 / -42 )

Koike has belonged to the conservative LDP for about 20 years

Has belonged? Koike has not been a member of the LDP since 2017. In fact, she is currently special adviser to the Tomin First on Kai (Tokyoites First) party.

16 ( +21 / -5 )

Time to step down. It's clear now she's not up to the job. Managing time and commitments and prioritizing tasks, involving often saying no, is essential for any job with responsibility. She appears incapable of doing this.

14 ( +23 / -9 )

We are sorry to hear it . . . we hope she feels better soon . . . !

-4 ( +14 / -18 )

WIsh her well.

But fatigue? From doing what?

17 ( +28 / -11 )

Probably time to retire with these ongoung health issues. Koike will be 70 next year. You cant expect seniors to always be in perfect health and be able to work as they did as a 30 year old.

16 ( +24 / -8 )

Time for her to retire,I don’t like her political vision (nippon kaigi affiliate) and I don’t like her as a person.

Saying that as a human I wish her a speedy recover and good health.

13 ( +18 / -5 )

Experts have cited vaccination progress, widespread mask-wearing and basic measures such as handwashing and use of disinfectants as among the reasons for the sudden slowing of infections.

experts or elections?

8 ( +15 / -7 )

I stress and hope a speedy recovery.

Koike, 69, became Tokyo's first female governor after failing to win the leadership of the governing Liberal Democratic Party. She won a second term as governor last year.

Koike was previously hospitalized in late June, also due to fatigue, a month before Tokyo hosted the Olympics.

Tokyo’s governor has been hospitalized with severe fatigue for the second time in four months and will take about a week off, the metropolitan government said Wednesday.

"Severe fatigue", retire, it is walk away time, put your feet up . spend time with family and friends. Chill out.

This is natures way of warning you enough is enough.

So why is my cynicism prodding me that Koike working the media?

Shame of me. salt over my shoulder.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

"She has often worked on weekends and late at night....." That describes the life of most Japanese who do this without the six-figure salary. As a human being I wish her a speedy recover but the sympathy tug is just being tone deaf.

14 ( +18 / -4 )

Koike sees her chances as the first female PM slipping away. Partly, it is the fault of the drones that always vote LDP every election without thinking for themselves. That is the reason Kono got screwed. She probably does not know what is next.

She is being viewed as part of the Abe, Suga, and Koike axis. It is a "double edge sword" because she can't shake it, and she still needs it partly to keep her political career afloat. Unfortunately for her, she is not wacko enough to be with the higher echelon LDP boys or to be independent.

11 ( +12 / -1 )

This is not fatigue.

She must have a health issue requiring again hospitalization

4 ( +12 / -8 )

This is Koike's "Abe Moment" to pretend that she is bowing out of politics for other reasons without looking like she is being pushed out for her actions and behavior.

Shinzo, Yoshihide, and Koike will return in some shape or form. They are just putting themselves in self-imposed exile until the scandals are forgotten in the minds of the public.

Aso is still anchored down nice and tight to throw them a life-line when the time is right!

2 ( +8 / -6 )

I'm glad we have a mayor who works so hard. But she should be careful and care for herself.

-8 ( +7 / -15 )

Over the decades here, I've figured out how this is going to work out. Either she'll reappear, everyone will tap her on the shoulder and "thank you for your hard work and what you do for us" or she'll disappear for a while and then reappear with a bang. Because up until now, if it was a "fatigue", it was always like that. If it's something more serious, then usually the media won't publish the reason for a while and it's just discussed on TV. Or, conversely, they immediately publish that it's something serious, like end-stage cancer with metastases.

Just trying to ride the wave of someone else's success the last few years. But other than unprofessionalism and a strange form of hysteria, she's not doing a very good job. Yes, she's visible, but that's it.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Otsukaresama deshita. The land of no work life balance.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

Unfit to serve.

4 ( +11 / -7 )

How about not electing geriatrics? Might do the country some good!

7 ( +13 / -6 )

While I agree she is unfit to serve if this is the case, it is likely part of a broader political play. Her last hospitalization also coincided, conveniently, with an election.

It allows her to avoid speaking out about the LDP and election result. It simplifies her way to returning to the LDP at some point. She is very aware that is her best/only path to becoming PM down the line.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Get well soon dear lady !!..

Lady Koike for prime minister !!..

-19 ( +4 / -23 )

Thank you for ruining tourism, a bunch of service sector and the Olympics.

Time to make space for problem solving talents…

4 ( +10 / -6 )

If this strikes you as odd, Japan has a very high hospitalisation rate (anyone who has had kids in Japan or a friend with mental health issues will know well).

A client of mine who is a Japanese doctor who worked on a hospitalisation program to train diabetics to eat well - they had to stay in hospital for a month!

1 ( +5 / -4 )

f this strikes you as odd, Japan has a very high hospitalisation rate

Of course it has. Two reasons: firstly, Japan is a nation of hypochondriacs, and secondly, Japan has eschewed generalist physicians (you know, because it's hard to be a jack of all trades) in favour of legions of specialists. Rather than run the gauntlet of the endless corner shop quacks, most adopt the default position of going to a hospital.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

At nearly 70, well if you were going to be a productive person it would probably be before now. Just be careful getting out of the bath it can be tricky at that age.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

How many here would be governor? Not me.

1 ( +7 / -6 )

I’d be governor…… 20 years ago. (Man, Girl) got to know you limitations. At 69 feet up enjoy life.

3 ( +8 / -5 )

Koike is a hack politician framed in the conservatism and reactionary politics that dominates the legislature and most branches of governing. She has no accomplishments of note. She should retire and go away.

1 ( +8 / -7 )

“Coughing behind mask” is not a symptom of exhaustion. I wonder what it is a symptom of? Hmm…Nonetheless, the typical pro-Jgov media will never tell the whole truth, in order for the LDP to stay in power.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Tired from fixing Coronavirus numbers

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Fatigue from what? The Tokyo Olympics are long finished.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Hospitalized, JUST BEFORE the Olympics.

Hospitalized, JUST BEFORE the elections.

This woman loves to take a break, conveniently JUST BEFORE major events happen.

Are things in the government even affected when she takes leave?

Take a day off, take a month, even a half year off.

I doubt anyone would notice the difference there, Koiks.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

Lingering Covid virus is a possibility.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Those endless meetings sure do take a toll on the body…

3 ( +3 / -0 )

long covid is tiresome

2 ( +2 / -0 )

This is what happens when you are weak..Time to step down.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Ever wonder why no kid ever says they want to grow up to be prime minister or a politician? Here's your answer.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Gambare Nippon:

Probably time to retire with these ongoung health issues. Koike will be 70 next year. You cant expect seniors to always be in perfect health and be able to work as they did as a 30 year old.

Using your logic, most of the government should have been put out to pastures years ago. We can start with the Aso.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Hope she gets well soon.

She is well known for her hard works: her working hours at office have exceeded any governors before her by huge margin while cutting her salary in half.

She has relentlessly kept telling people day after day to stay home as much as possible to protect themselves and others; she kept pressuring the inept LDP government to do more against Covid-19. And she managed Tokyo Olympic successfully despite very difficult conditions.

She has earned more than enough to have some time to relax for herself.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Demanding job. This is the results of that.

If she was Prime Minister of Japan dealing with Putin, Kim and Xi her job would be 10x harder then her current position right now.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

If I were to choose, I would rather have an honest politician who worked too hard, than a corrupt politician who spent most of his time golfing and on social media.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

She is one of my favorite persons in politics I would love to work for her. Get well soon and slow down.

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