Koizumi, Hosokawa to set up anti-nuclear forum

Apr 15, 2014

Koizumi, Hosokawa to set up anti-nuclear forum

Former Prime Ministers Junichiro Koizumi and Morihiro Hosokawa will establish an anti-nuclear power forum in May to promote research into renewable energy and support anti-nuclear candidates in elections, sources said Tuesday. The inaugural meeting will be held May 7, according to the sources. Hosokawa, ...

Masuzoe sets sights on 2020 Olympics

Feb 10, 2014

Masuzoe sets sights on 2020 Olympics

Former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe said Monday he would lead the capital in preparing for the 2020 Olympics and address rising welfare costs as Tokyo’s new governor. “I feel a very grave sense of responsibility. I’ll brace myself and do my best,” Masuzoe, 65, ...

Tokyo voters split by priority shift to welfare

Feb 9, 2014

Tokyo voters split by priority shift to welfare

Media outlets at home and abroad are playing up the Tokyo gubernatorial election as an effective public referendum on whether Japan should ditch its atomic plants, focusing on the battle between anti-nuclear candidate Morihiro Hosokawa and ex-health minister Yoichi Masuzoe, who is backed by ...

Tamogami finds right-wing niche

Feb 5, 2014

Tamogami finds right-wing niche

by Ayako Mie

Last Sunday, a week before Tokyo residents go to the polls and choose a new governor, prominent candidates were campaigning hard in Ginza, showcasing their ability to manage a ¥13 trillion annual budget that almost equals Indonesia’s national budget. Former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe ...

Masuzoe seen leading race for Tokyo governor

Feb 4, 2014

Masuzoe seen leading race for Tokyo governor

Endorsed by local assembly members from the Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, New Komeito, former Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Yoichi Masuzoe is leading other candidates in the Tokyo gubernatorial race, an analysis of the campaigning by Jiji Press shows. Tokyo residents ...

Feb 3, 2014

Don't split vote, anti-nuke group says

by Masaaki Kameda

The two most popular anti-nuclear candidates running for Tokyo governor should decide between them who ought to drop out of the race for the good of the movement, a group of anti-nuclear activists said Monday. The 19-member group, led by journalist Satoshi Kamata, said ...