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Tokyo Assembly Election Set for July 2

  • January 25, 2017
  • , Jiji Press , 2:12 p.m.
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Tokyo, Jan. 25 (Jiji Press)–The Tokyo metropolitan assembly election will be held on July 2, the metropolitan government’s election board said Wednesday.

The focus of the election will be whether supporters of Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike will win a majority by beating candidates of the Liberal Democratic Party, the biggest party in the 127-member assembly and the ruling force in the national parliament.

Campaigns are expected to heat up with the approach of the next election of the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of Japan’s parliament. The end of the Lower House lawmakers’ terms, set for December 2018, is less than two years away.

On Monday, “Tomin First no Kai” (group putting Tokyoites first), a group that runs Koike’s private political school, announced the first list of its official candidates in the July 2 election, starting its activities as a regional political party.

On the list are three metropolitan assembly members and one member of the Toshima Ward assembly, who all supported Koike in last year’s Tokyo gubernatorial election.

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