Koike Pledges Fresh New Tokyo Government

July 5, 2017

NHK World reports:

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has vowed to build a fresh new city government following the landslide victory of her party in Sunday's metropolitan assembly elections.

Koike's Tomin First is now the largest party in the assembly with 55 seats, including 6 candidates who ran as independents. The Komeito party also supported Tomin First, resulting in Koike's party and its allies securing 79 out of 127 seats.

Koike told a news conference that her party's electoral success was fuelled by Tokyo voters' desire to change the old assembly for something new.

She stressed that she will prioritise the interests of Tokyoites but also cooperate where necessary with the central government in order to improve the welfare of residents.

She pledged to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics a success and consolidate the capital's status as an international financial hub. She added she will try to improve nursing care for the elderly in Tokyo by using the central government's special economic zone scheme.

Koike also said she will hand over leadership of the Tomin First party to a close aide so she can focus fully on her governor role.

Source: NHK World, 3 July 2017


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