Tokyo Governor Koike to Seek Third Term, Facing Opposition from Renho and Others

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Tokyo Governor Koike to Seek Third Term, Facing Opposition from Renho and Others

Tokyo Governor Koike to Seek Third Term

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is expected to announce her intention to run for a third term in the upcoming gubernatorial election. The 71-year-old governor is likely to make her declaration during the closing session of the Tokyo metropolitan assembly on June 12th.

Koike's decision to seek re-election comes after receiving support from various groups, including the regional political party Tomin First no Kai, Komeito's Tokyo metropolitan assembly members, and mayors of 52 wards and other municipalities in Tokyo. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party's Tokyo chapter has also decided to back Koike in the election.

The July 7th election will see Koike face off against several rivals, including opposition lawmaker Renho, former Air Self-Defense Force chief of staff Toshio Tamogami, and former Akitakada mayor Shinji Ishimaru.

Renho, a member of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, has advocated for an "anti-LDP politics" platform in challenging Koike. The LDP, which Koike was a member of before becoming governor, has decided not to field its own candidate in the election due to recent political scandals and electoral losses.

The LDP's Tokyo chapter has left the decision on how to support Koike to its executives, likely due to the party's tarnished image. The chapter's chair, Koichi Hagiuda, stated that "the governor's side has its ideas (about specific support measures).