A recent Yomiuri Shimbun survey found 25 percent of respondents planned to vote for Liberal Democratic Party candidates in the upcoming Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election.
LDP candidates were followed by those from Tomin First no Kai (Tokyoites first group), a regional political party led by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, at 22 percent, Komeito and the Japanese Communist Party candidates at 6 percent each, and Democratic Party candidates at 5 percent. Twenty-six percent of respondents did not provide an answer to the question.
The official start of the election campaign is scheduled for June 23, with voting and counting set for July 2.
In a survey conducted shortly after the official start of the last election in 2013, the LDP had 38 percent support from respondents, while the Democratic Party of Japan, the current DP, had 10 percent support. The LDP won 59 seats and the then DPJ 15 seats, but both saw a decline in their support in the latest survey.
Tomin First no Kai, which is expected to play a central role in the election, had support from 22 percent of respondents with no particular party affiliation — nearly 40 percent of all respondents. It also gained support from 23 percent of LDP supporters and more than 20 percent of DP supporters.
When asked if they were interested in the Tokyo election, those who replied “very much interested” and “somewhat interested” totaled 83 percent, up 10 percentage points from the 2013 survey.
The approval rating for Koike was 69 percent. Fifty-three percent of respondents said they “had expectations” for Tomin First no Kai, while 36 percent did not.
Concerning the issue of relocating the Tsukiji wholesale market in Chuo Ward to the Toyosu area in Koto Ward, 42 percent said “the market should be relocated to Toyosu after further safety measures are taken,” followed by those who replied “the market should be relocated to Toyosu as soon as possible” and “instead of relocating, Tsukiji market should be renovated,” both at 24 percent.
The survey was conducted on Saturday and Sunday among eligible voters in Tokyo using a random digit dialing method. Among 2,380 households with eligible voters, 1,478 people, or 62 percent, gave valid answers.