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The emergence of Morihiro Hosokawa as a potential candidate could be a game-changer for the Tokyo gubernatorial race and deal a severe blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration.

That’s the concern now growing inside Abe’s Cabinet as well as the ruling Liberal Democratic Party as the former prime minister, well-known for his anti-nuclear stance, is expected to soon declare his intention to run in the Feb. 9 election.

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