Jul 23, 2014

Tokyo governor hopes to help mend Japan-South Korea ties

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe told Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon on Wednesday that he hopes to promote dialogue and cooperation with the South Korean capital to help improve their countries’ ties, soured over territorial and historical disputes. “We would like to build on today’s first ...

Tamogami pledges SDF disaster prep

Jan 7, 2014

Tamogami pledges SDF disaster prep

by Ayako Mie

Toshio Tamogami, a former top officer in the Air Self-Defense Force cashiered for historical revisionist comments, formally announces he will run for Tokyo governor, pledging to build a stronger disaster response system with the SDF to brace for terrorist attacks during the 2020 Olympics ...

Jan 7, 2014

Is English Tamogami's weak suit?

by Atsushi Kodera

As Toshio Tamogami’s candidacy in the Tokyo gubernatorial race raises concerns that his nationalistic views could worsen already strained ties with China and South Korea, Internet users were quick to question if his English skills were up to snuff. Tamogami’s Japanese profile on his ...

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 20, 2013

Parties rush to pick candidates for Tokyo governor

The ruling and opposition parties were caught off guard by the resignation of scandal-hit Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose and are now scrambling to find candidates for the special election to pick his successor. “We must find someone who can win,” Shigeru Ishiba, secretary-general of ...

Inose calling it quits over money scandal

Dec 19, 2013

Inose calling it quits over money scandal

by Masaaki Kameda

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 ...