Fukui governor not to run again


Fukui Gov. Yukio Kurita has decided not to seek re-election when his current term expires in April, sources close to the 72-year-old governor said Saturday.

Kurita will officially announce his intention to retire later this month, the sources said.

Kurita, presently in his fourth four-year term, had earlier indicated he was ready to seek a fifth term and was expected to announce his re-election bid when the Fukui Prefectural Assembly convenes in December. However, the governor told his supporters recently that he would not seek re-election in April, according to the sources. It is believed his decision was influenced by widespread criticism that he has served too long in the post.

A former elite bureaucrat with the Home Affairs Ministry, Kurita was deputy Fukui governor between 1977 and 1986 before he was elected governor in 1987.