Tabbed by former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara as his successor, Naoki Inose won election as Tokyo governor in a landslide victory on Dec. 16.
Inose, Ishihara's deputy governor, gained more than 3 million votes, putting him well ahead of his closest challenger, Kenji Utsunomiya, a former head of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, who gained less than 1 million votes.
The gubernatorial election was made necessary because Ishihara suddenly resigned on Oct. 25 to prepare his successful campaign for a Lower House seat.
Inose, 66, was helped by the lack of viable candidates as the major parties were busy preparing for the Dec. 16 national Lower House election. Inose is a well-known prizewinning nonfiction author.
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