Tokyo Gov. Ishihara considering running for 4th term
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Posted 3/10/11
Tokyo Gov. Ishihara considering running for 4th term

Friday 11th March, 07:01 AM JST


Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara is reconsidering his previously suggested intention not to seek a fourth four-year term in the April 10 gubernatorial election in response to a final request by the Liberal Democratic Party, sources familiar with the matter said Thursday.

Ishihara, 78, is expected to give his formal answer to the LDP by Friday morning and is set to express his next course of action at the metropolitan assembly’s meeting that afternoon, according to the sources.

‘‘The chances of (Ishihara’s) running in the race are growing,’’ a senior LDP member said.

Ishihara is believed to have indicated his intention to reconsider the possibility of running in the race at a meeting Thursday night with the LDP’s former prime ministers and other members. The situation remains uncertain until the formal announcement expected on Friday.

Ishihara’s remarks regarding the race showed signs of change this week, according to the sources. One apparent reason was an LDP report stating that Ishihara would score a landslide victory should he run in the race, but there would be a runoff if he does not as no other candidate would garner the minimum necessary 25 percent of effective votes, creating confusion in the running of the metropolitan government.

Ishihara appeared to have taken the LDP report’s projection seriously, the sources said.

Another reason is the prospect that the Tokyo assembly is likely to pass at its Friday plenary meeting a budget including the costs of moving the Tsukiji fisheries market, a long-standing concern for Ishihara, according to the sources.

An assembly member from the Democratic Party of Japan, who had been opposed to the budget, is expected to switch sides, making it easier for Ishihara to deal with the assembly should he get reelected.

Some sources said the environment for Ishihara seeking his fourth-term has been set. ‘‘Having come thus far, we hope that he decides,’’ a member of the LDP’s Tokyo chapter said.

Those who have announced their candidacy for the gubernatorial race so far include businessman Miki Watanabe, 51, who founded restaurant chain Watami Co., Kanagawa Gov. Shigefumi Matsuzawa, 52, and former upper house lawmaker Akira Koike, 50, of the Japanese Communist Party.

Former Miyazaki Gov. Hideo Higashikokubaru, 53, is expected to announce his candidacy around next Monday, while lawyer Kazuya Maruyama, a 65-year-old LDP member of the House of Councillors, is also reportedly mulling his run.
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Posted 3/10/11 no matter what otaku are screwed? It's not my problem because it's japan's affiar. They must take care of their polices and poltics themselves and the same goes for America. I just don't tend to stick my nose in other countries business regardless of my personal feelings. Thanks for the heads up though.
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this is same person who said Japan deserved earthquake for divine punishment?? ;o;''' well.. i guess we can't all hold grudges..
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