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.

Annemarie Luck
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.

Tai Yomo
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.

Natsu Ozawa
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!

Yoshie Kawada
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.

Daish Malani
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.

Akira Kato
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.


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