Tokyo went to vote on Sunday to choose its new governor. The polls suggest the winner is Yoichi Masuzoe, 65, a former TV presenter and cabinet minister who supports the use of nuclear power.
Masuzoe agrees with government plans to restart Japan’s nuclear reactors, while his two closest rivals campaigned on an anti-nuclear platform. He won about 30 percent of the votes, while his competitors won about 20 percent each.
But the international press says that the use of nuclear was not the most important criteria for voters to choose from the three candidates. Had there only been only one anti-nuclear rival, he may well have won, the media comments.
Masuzoe promised to make Tokyo “the Number One city in the world”, after the former governor, Naoki Inose, resigned after admitting receiving an undeclared Y50 million from a hospital tycoon.
The election campaign lasted for two weeks in the city of 13 million people. Turnout in Tokyo was low as the capital, like much of Japan, is enveloped in its heaviest snowfall in decades. The snow storm killed at least seven people and injured more than 1,000 across the country by Sunday.