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Tokyo governor mulls fielding 60+ candidates in assembly election after Chiyoda victory

  • February 6, 2017
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The regional party “Tomin First no Kai [Tokyoites First Group]” led by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is considering fielding over 60 candidates in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election (with 127 seats being contested) in July. In light of the high support for the governor, it has judged that it is possible to field more candidates from the originally planned 40. This group is now eyeing becoming the majority party, which is feasible through the adjustment of candidates.

 

There are 42 electoral districts in the Tokyo election. According to Koike’s aides, the Tomin First no Kai is planning to field candidates in all seven single-seat districts and field more than one candidate in the constituencies with two to eight seats. These aides reckon that given the governor’s popularity, the group’s candidates will not clash against each other within an electoral district. In the Chiyoda ward mayoral election on Feb. 5, the incumbent supported by Koike won a landslide victory.

 

The Tomin First no Kai plans to cooperate with Komeito (with 22 seats in the Tokyo assembly) and coordinate their candidates. However, it has suspended consultations with the Democratic Party (DP, 18 seats in the assembly) in light of Koike’s growing momentum. Koike says she will decide on which DP candidates to support on a case-by-case basis. (Abridged)

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