NAGANO – Shu Ichikawa, the 50-year-old director of a think tank led by Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara, said Thursday he will run in the Nagano Prefecture gubernatorial election on Sept. 1.
Referring to former Nagano Gov. Yasuo Tanaka, whose deposal last week over his radical reform agenda precipitated the upcoming race, Ichikawa said, “Tanaka’s role as a liberator is over. I want to put out a dream Nagano residents would want to make come true, as one.”