A Tokyo gubernatorial candidate with an offbeat platform surfaced Wednesday, just one day before applications to run in the Feb. 9 election have to be filed.

Internet entrepreneur Kazuma Ieiri, 35, who started his first company at age 21 and now works to support young people who have difficulty adjusting to school or work, wants to form a set of policies by asking Internet users to give him suggestions for the betterment of Japan.

"Politics and elections are now for politicians . . . and they seem distant from us, but they should be closer to everybody," Ieiri said during a news conference at which he was accompanied by former iconic Net entrepreneur Takafumi Horie. "I hope to turn politics and elections (into) something more familiar to people."