The future of nuclear power policy is a major issue in the Tokyo gubernatorial election, and voters in the capital, which consumes 10 percent of all electricity generated in Japan, are keeping it ranked high despite doubts the capital can have an official say.

The governor has no official power to alter national energy policy, but experts say the position allows the capital to take the initiative on energy issues in a way that can impact national policy.

Since the race for the Feb. 9 election kicked off on Jan. 23, the major candidates have underscored their stances on the issue.