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Tokyoites elect female leader

  • August 1, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo
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All papers gave prominent front- and inside-page coverage to the landslide victory of Yuriko Koike in the Tokyo gubernatorial election, underscoring that she defeated LDP-backed former Iwate Governor Masuda and opposition-endorsed freelance journalist Torigoe by a wide margin. She captured almost 3 million votes, as opposed to 1.8 million votes for Masuda and 1.35 million for Torigoe. She apparently garnered support from across the political spectrum. According to exit polls, almost half of swing voters and self-proclaimed LDP supporters cast their ballots for Koike. Even one out of five Japanese Communist Party supporters voted for her. While attributing Koike’s victory to her deft election strategy of characterizing the LDP Tokyo chapter as a “villain eager to bully” her, the dailies said she needs to rectify her relations with the LDP-controlled Tokyo metropolitan assembly to ensure smooth political management in view of the paramount challenges facing the nation’s capital, such as the 2020 Olympics.

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