Tag - 2024-tokyo-gubernatorial-election



When Renho (center) announced her candidacy for the Tokyo gubernatorial election on May 27, the head of the Japanese Communist Party's secretariat, Akira Koike (far left), was also in attendance.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jul 17, 2024
Cutting ties with JCP not easy for CDP despite Renho's defeat
Despite calls to end the relationship, there is still pressure on the CDP to seek interparty cooperation to avoid splitting the opposition vote.
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike meets with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday following her victory in Sunday's gubernatorial election.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jul 11, 2024
Sense of crisis remains in LDP over next general election
The LDP suffered a major defeat in Sunday’s Tokyo metropolitan assembly by-elections, adding to their string of recent national and local losses.
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike speaks to reporters in Tokyo on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jul 8, 2024
Koike eases to victory but Ishimaru's performance signals shift in Tokyo
Koike saw off a tougher challenge than in previous votes, with Ishimaru pointing to a path forward for lesser-known candidates.
Renho, who had been considered incumbent Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike’s main rival in Sunday's gubernatorial election in the capital, finished third behind Shinji Ishimaru, the former mayor of Akitakata in Hiroshima Prefecture.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 8, 2024
Is cooperation with the JCP an asset or liability for the CDP?
Renho finishing third in the Tokyo gubernatorial race despite the backing of both parties raises questions for Japan's largest opposition group.
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike celebrates her win on Sunday evening. Koike has become the fifth governor in Tokyo’s history to secure a third term in office.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 7, 2024
Koike secures third term as Tokyo governor
Dark horse Shinji Ishimaru, the former mayor of the city of Akitakata in Hiroshima Prefecture, came in second behind Koike, with Renho in third.
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike gives a speech before the start of Toden Pro Wrestling, the first-ever pro wrestling event inside a streetcar of the Toden Arakawa Line, in Tokyo on Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 1, 2024
Koike has small lead as Tokyo election campaign enters final week
The Meiji Jingu Gaien redevelopment plan and disaster resilience have emerged as key issues as the race enters the home stretch.
Voters listen to a stump speech in Tokyo on Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 29, 2024
Candidates turn to AI in Tokyo governor race
Experts warn that while social media give voters more insight into candidates, there are risks of information bias.
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike speaks during an interview at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Tokyo on June 3.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 28, 2024
Koike’s governorship shaped by slogans and questions over follow-through
The Tokyo gubernatorial election is seen as hers to lose, but how did she become Japan's most famous female politician and what has she actually achieved?
Candidates for the July 7 Tokyo gubernatorial election Yuruko Koike (left), Shinji Ishimaru (center left), Toshio Tamogami (center right) and Renho pose for a photo after a public debate in Tokyo this week.
Jun 27, 2024
Tokyo governor candidates call for measures on low birth rate
Suggestions range from higher income for younger workers to subsidies for painless deliveries.
Both Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike (left) and Renho have been the targeted for threats in recent days.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 25, 2024
Koike and Renho targeted by threats
A threatening message warning of an attack using sulfuric acid has been sent via fax to people close to the governor, similar to that sent to the office of rival Renho.
Renho, who is running for Tokyo governor, delivers a campaign speech in the capital's Setagaya Ward on Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 24, 2024
Koike and Renho adopt contrasting approaches to Tokyo election
Incumbent Yuriko Koike has visited villages and towns in the capital, while challenger Renho has focused on giving speeches in central Tokyo.
Renho left the CDP, Japan's largest opposition party, earlier this month to run in the Tokyo gubernatorial election as an independent candidate.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 24, 2024
Death threat sent to office of aspiring Tokyo governor Renho
The threat, made via fax, was also sent to a building that houses the headquarters of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, which Renho left in early June.
On a board for election posters in Tokyo's Edogawa Ward on Monday, duplicates of one featuring a female kickboxer who is not running in the gubernatorial race take up half of all the spots.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 24, 2024
Seeing duplicates of a poster on election boards? It's due to a loophole.
The law only restricts details about other candidates or factually incorrect information from posters on boards set up for elections.
A ballot station for early voting for the July 7 Tokyo gubernatorial election has been set up in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 24, 2024
Low youth voter turnout casts shadow over Tokyo gubernatorial poll
In the 2020 election, the voter turnout for those between the ages of 21 and 24 was just 39.19%, compared with 65.53% for voters aged 70 to 74.
Renho announces her campaign pledges for the Tokyo gubernatorial election, in the capital on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jun 21, 2024
The campaigners that Tokyo hopeful Renho doesn't want you to know about
The candidate for governor has kept quiet about Japanese Communist Party activities in support of her — ties that could alienate some voters.
An election poster board in Tokyo's Edogawa Ward on Friday. Incumbent Yuriko Koike and former Upper House lawmaker Renho may be stealing the spotlight for the July 7 Tokyo governor poll, but some other candidates highly unlikely to win are nonetheless running in the hope of gaining publicity during the campaign period.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 21, 2024
PR opportunity pushes Tokyo governor candidates to record number
The amount of publicity to be gained during the campaign period is a major draw, with the ¥3 million candidate deposit described as a bargain.
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike (left) and Renho, a member of the House of Councilors, both candidates in the gubernatorial election, attend a news conference at the Japan National Press Club in the capital on Wednesday.
Jun 20, 2024
The battle to be Japan’s most powerful woman is on
The race to become governor of Tokyo has officially kicked off, and is set to determine who will control a region that makes up more than 20% of the nation’s economy.
People applaud during a campaign event in Tokyo on Thursday. Those running in the July 7 poll will be battling to govern the sixth-largest city in the world by population.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 20, 2024
Tokyo governor poll campaign kicks off with 56 candidates in running
Ideas on how to reverse the capital's declining birth rate and make spending transparent are topping the agenda.
Renho attends a news conference in Tokyo on Friday. Renho needs to appeal to a wide range of voters in a race that has over 50 candidates, especially CDP and JCP supporters who don’t like incumbent Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 19, 2024
Japanese Communist Party's shadow looms over Renho in Tokyo race
The appearance of a two-page flier in which the JCP endorsed Renho raised eyebrows and added more uncertainty to her prospects of winning the race.
Renho (left) and incumbent Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike are both pushing for child care policies in their campaign pledges for the Tokyo gubernatorial election next month.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 18, 2024
Koike and Renho take aim at Tokyo's declining birth rate
In unveiling their campaign manifestos, both gubernatorial contenders have pledged to bolster child-rearing policies.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals