Koike Seeks Third Term, Setting Stage for Showdown with Renho

Koike Seeks Third Term, Setting Stage for Showdown with Renho

Tokyo Governor Koike Announces Bid for Third Term

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has declared her intention to run for a third term in the upcoming gubernatorial election. The announcement came during a plenary session of the metropolitan assembly on June 12th.

Koike, 71, stated her commitment to "promote 'Tokyo major reform 3.0'" and expressed her determination to run in the July election. The campaign officially begins on June 20th, with the election taking place on July 7th.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its coalition partner, Komeito, are expected to back Koike. This comes despite her initial election as Tokyo governor in 2016 as an LDP member, against the party's Tokyo chapter's preferred candidate. Koike subsequently left the LDP and won re-election in a landslide in 2020.

The election is expected to be a crowded field, with over 30 candidates vying for the position. However, political observers view the race as primarily a contest between Koike and Renho, a member of the opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan. Renho, 56, submitted her resignation from the CDP on June 12th to run as an independent, with the support of the CDP, the Japanese Communist Party, and the Social Democratic Party.

The upcoming election is likely to become a battle between the ruling and opposition parties, with Koike representing the LDP and Renho representing the opposition.