Monday, 10th February 2014
In General Japan News,
Masuzoe romps home for Tokyo election
Newly elected governor for Tokyo, Yoichi Masuzoe has promised to make Tokyo one of the top cities in the world after achieving success at the polls yesterday (February 9th ).
The former television pundit and one-time cabinet minister was backed by prime minister Shinzo Abe, and his appointment will likely boost the pro-Nuclear agenda that is being perpetuated by the current government.
"I want to make Tokyo the number one city of the world, in areas including disaster prevention, welfare and the economy," Mr Masuzoe told reporters as his victory became apparent.
"Above all, I will make the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games successful," he added.
Fellow nominee for the governor position and former prime minister Morihiro Hosokawa failed to connect with voters, in spite of receiving praise from popular ex-premier Junichiro Koizumi.
Adverse weather conditions had a huge impact on voting figures, with only around a third of eligible voters casting their ballots as Tokyo was engulfed in its worst snowstorm in 45 years.
Written by Mark Smith