Feb 10, 2014

Anti-nuke candidates' loss elates biz chiefs

Business leaders welcomed former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe’s victory Sunday in the Tokyo gubernatorial election, which represented a victory in their efforts to prevent the anti-nuclear lobby from harming their interests. “We are hoping that the new governor will work well with the state ...

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, ...

Feb 10, 2014

People living near nuclear plants voice hope, caution over Masuzoe

Residents of communities that host nuclear power plants were both hopeful and wary about former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe winning the Tokyo gubernatorial election Sunday. Some said they expect Masuzoe, 65, to exercise leadership in energy policy as the new governor and will urge ...

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 ...