Tokyoites go to the polls Sunday to elect a governor to replace Naoki Inose, who quit his post in December amid a political funding scandal. The main candidates are ex-health minister Yoichi Masuzoe, ex-Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa, lawyer Kenji Utsunomiya and former Self-Defense Forces chief Toshio Tamogami.
Deputy editor, 35 (South African)
The nuclear issue should definitely be part of the election; it has the potential to affect the future of everyone in Japan. Other factors should come into play too, so I’d like to see Utsunomiya win, as he is anti-nuclear but also focuses on broader issues.
Publishing sales, 42 (Japanese)
I do think the nuclear issue should be part of the discussions. The Fukushima No. 1 plant was run by Tepco — and it was Tokyo consumers who used electricity from it, after all. I follow politics and care about the country but I haven’t decided who to vote for yet.
Musician, 30 (Japanese)
I think the nuclear issue should indeed be part of the focus of the Tokyo election. We need to achieve a nuclear-free society democratically and without losing out financially in the process. For me, the only viable candidate is Kenji Utsunomiya!
Student, 20 (Japanese)
I don’t think nuclear power should play a role, because in reality the issues will never be solved. As for who should win, either Masuzoe, being an ex-lawmaker, or Tamogami, a former SDF head, know enough to do the job. I think Masuzoe will win.
Game designer, 35 (Australian)
Although Tokyo is not responsible for nuclear issues, it is heavily affected by them, so it should be a factor. Utsunomiya seems to stand for the underdogs, wants to help victims of the 2011 quake and hopes to abolish the nuclear system, so I’d back him.
Electrical engineer, 65 (Japanese)
I don’t think the nuclear issue should feature as part of the debate surrounding the upcoming election, and while there’s no particular candidate I support at the moment, I presume that Masuzoe, the former Diet member, will win.