Tamogami finds right-wing niche

National / Politics Feb 5, 2014

Tamogami finds right-wing niche

by Ayako Mie

Last Sunday, a week before Tokyo residents go to the polls and choose a new governor, prominent candidates were campaigning hard in Ginza, showcasing their ability to manage a ¥13 trillion annual budget that almost equals Indonesia's national budget. Former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe was ...

Tokyo gubernatorial election: the main contenders

National / Politics Jan 23, 2014

Tokyo gubernatorial election: the main contenders

The following are brief profiles of major candidates in the Feb. 9 Tokyo gubernatorial election. Morihiro Hosokawa, 76 Hosokawa was prime minister from August 1993 until he resigned in April 1994 amid criticism over a ¥100 million loan he had taken 12 years earlier from parcel ...

Tamogami pledges SDF disaster prep

National / Politics Jan 7, 2014

Tamogami pledges SDF disaster prep

by Ayako Mie

Toshio Tamogami, a former top officer in the Air Self-Defense Force cashiered for historical revisionist comments, formally announces he will run for Tokyo governor, pledging to build a stronger disaster response system with the SDF to brace for terrorist attacks during the 2020 Olympics ...

National Jan 7, 2014

Is English Tamogami's weak suit?

by Atsushi Kodera

As Toshio Tamogami's candidacy in the Tokyo gubernatorial race raises concerns that his nationalistic views could worsen already strained ties with China and South Korea, Internet users were quick to question if his English skills were up to snuff. Tamogami's Japanese profile on his official ...