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Tokyo Gov Koike plans to run for third term: source

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And I haven’t heard about those trees that were in the news (daily). What’s changed?

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Highly underwhelming.

One of the few positive things I can say about her is she's not Ishihara.

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Koike is in this position because the opposition as usual ran the wrong candidate - somebody who had policies that were good but failed to get elected before as governor and couldn't get over his partisan politics image. Koike also ran with her own party which is the Liberal Democratic party Lite so she caught very conservative voters as well as those who thought she was going to be a true independent.

This is all more about the failure of the Democratic Party of Japan/Constitutional Party of Japan to run candidates who can actually explain why they are different and get enough of the middle ground voters. However, the attacks on Koike's educational history are plain wrong. She earned her degree and speaks good Arabic, she's also made an effort to use more Engish in office and to directly address foreign residents when she discusses issues.

Her problem is she hasn't made any real independent political moves to deal with big Tokyo issues. Like so many politicians she's in the pockets of the developers and sees the future as investing in more huge glass towers instead of preserving Tokyo's fast disappearing heritage areas. However, the redevelopment of the Meiji Stadium should have been taken up as an environmental issue long before the recent campaigns and famous supporters like Murakami paid attention too late.

You've gotta press these politicians when you first hear of what they intend to do and support, and again the fact she's even seeking a third term without much to justify it says it all about the lame organisation of the opposition and its failure to tap into those voters with potential to change the status quo like the young voting demographic and female demographic below 50.

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Rydar, I agree with you, and I am single mother of one.

I am grateful and appreciative of the 5 thousand yen a month, instead of money they need to get rid of all these entrance exams, and which would get rid of all these jukus (cram schools) and the cost parents have to endure paying from elementary school will eliminate a huge cost on parent's pocketbook.

It would be nice if the government would create a public school for mixed race children who get bullied like my child from grade 2 forcing me to take myself and my child out of Japan for my child's safety. My child who is half Japanese, does not care for Japan and or the language due to the bullying it is very sad.

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Jonathan Prin Today 07:13 pm JST

Being 71, she is not old enough to stay politicians (irony).

This is what I was referring to. Because of his advanced age he should retire and propose a younger candidate.

But hey. If Kibō no Tō wants to commit electoral suicide by making the biggest mistake of his life. Let no one on the right cry later, when the CDPJ's triumph becomes a reality.

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” Sun Tzu (544 BC – 496 BC).

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It’s the same thing that happens over and over again, people get hooked on the power and try to hold on as long as possible.

She’s too old and should definitely retire.

Jonathan PrinMay 25  05:20 pm JST

Promote child-rearing ?

In Tokyo, 2nd child’s nursery for ages 0-2 became no-cost. That’s a big saving for many families. Public and pivate education fees became no-cost (up-to-a-point), and so on.

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Promote child-rearing ?

She has no child and did nothing for that purpose (giving 5000¥ so a pitiful 35$ per month per child). She has no clue.

What a clown !

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giving 5000¥ so a pitiful 35$ per month per child). She has no clue.

Just how much of other people's money should they give away?

No clue is right.

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Another dead loss.

Often went missing during the pandemic and only popped up when the Olympics started.

Same old, same old as usual in Japan.

The same old useless faces getting the top jobs for their name not substance.

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Present Tokyo governor who falsifies own educational background, dislikes aid to poverty people but wastes huge taxes for projection mapping, and denies historical fact of discrimination-based massacre.

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Koike for Prime Minister!!!...

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and the crowd goes mild

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She supervised the removal of the Tsukiji wholesale market to that souless warehouse in Toyosu. She could have kept it in place. For that, I hope she is booted.

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Did she hold up signs that said "third time" to clarify it for the public?

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Being 71, she is not old enough to stay politicians (irony).

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In some third world countries, college degree certificates are commodities that can be bought if you pay the right price. And the Tokyo governor would be forever indebted to the government of Egypt.

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GO KOIKE!!..

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