/ Dec 28, 2013

Utsunomiya to run for governor again

Kenji Utsunomiya, former head of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, said Saturday that he intends to run in the Tokyo gubernatorial election Feb. 9, making him the first candidate to emerge since Gov. Naoki Inose resigned earlier this month. Utsunomiya, 67, was runner-up ...

Assembly OKs Inose's resignation

Dec 24, 2013

Assembly OKs Inose's resignation

The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly on Tuesday approved Gov. Naoki Inose’s resignation. Inose, elected Dec. 16, 2012, is stepping down after just 372 days, the shortest period in office in the capital’s history, after coming under intense criticism for taking ¥50 million from scandal-tainted hospital ...

/ Dec 21, 2013

LDP looks outside Diet for Tokyo governor hopeful

A senior Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker indicated Saturday the governing party could field a non-Diet member for Tokyo’s gubernatorial election in February. “The academic, journalism and other circles must have” a strong candidate to run for the governorship, Katsuei Hirasawa, a member of the ...

Dec 21, 2013

Deputy to take on Olympic role

Tokyo Vice Gov. Toshiyuki Akiyama will fill in for Naoki Inose, who announced his resignation as governor Thursday, as the city prepares to launch an organizing committee early next year for the 2020 Olympics. At a meeting Friday, education and sports minister Hakubun Shimomura ...

Dec 20, 2013

Inose must still come clean

Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose's announcement of his intention to resign does not relieve him of the public duty to explain why he received a so-called ¥50 million loan from a scandal-tainted hospital operator group without having to put up collateral or pay interest.

Dec 19, 2013

Exit regrettable, JOC chief says

Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda said Thursday he is sorry to hear that Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose is resigning over a money scandal, because he played a leading role in Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics. “We will keep close contact ...

Inose calling it quits over money scandal

/ Dec 19, 2013

Inose calling it quits over money scandal


Scandal-ridden Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose announced his resignation Thursday for taking money from a hospital operator mired in allegations of election law violations involving a Diet member. Inose said he decided to step down to prevent the scandal from disrupting Tokyo’s preparations to host ...

Inose to face special investigation

Dec 18, 2013

Inose to face special investigation

The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly will set up a special committee legally empowered to investigate Gov. Naoki Inose after his numerous flip-flops in explaining a shady loan he received from the Tokushukai medical group.