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Tokyo governor’s party to endorse DP defectors in assembly election

  • April 8, 2017
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 6
  • JMH Translation

It was learned that the Tomin First no Kai (Tokyoites First), the regional political party unofficially led by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, is considering endorsing certain candidates who have left the Democratic Party (DP) in a number of two-seat electoral districts in the Metropolitan Assembly election.


The Rengo [Japan Trade Union Confederation] Tokyo chapter, Tomin First’s main support group, announced on April 7 its support for the party’s official candidates, as well as candidates it endorses. The DP fears that this may trigger an avalanche of defections from the party.


According to an informed source, Tomin First had originally wanted to field two candidates in the two-seat constituencies. However, for fear that the two candidates might compete for votes with each other, resulting in the defeat of both candidates, the party is now considering endorsing independent candidates who have defected from the DP, mainly in the two-seat districts in urban areas.


The DP has so far decided on recognizing 36 official candidates – 16 incumbents, 9 former assembly members, and 11 neophytes. However, seven of them later submitted their resignation from the party, and four of them have already been unofficially designated as Tomin First candidates. (Abridged)

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