Inose wins Tokyo gubernatorial race in a landslide

December 17, 2012

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

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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Naoki Inose waves to supporters after winning the Tokyo gubernatorial election on Dec. 16. (Hiroki Endo)

Naoki Inose waves to supporters after winning the Tokyo gubernatorial election on Dec. 16. (Hiroki Endo)

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  • Naoki Inose waves to supporters after winning the Tokyo gubernatorial election on Dec. 16. (Hiroki Endo)

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