Tokyo Governor Election A Challenge For Nuclear Policy
BMI View: Former prime minister Morihiro Hosokawa's decision to run for the governorship of Tokyo on a staunchly anti-nuclear platform poses a challenge to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's desire to restart Japan's nuclear reactors. A victory by Hosokawa could increase criticism of Abe's energy policies, and indirectly , delay from his reform agenda.
The Tokyo gubernatorial election, due to be held on February 9, 2014, is shaping up to be a referendum of sorts on nuclear power in Japan. Although the governor of Tokyo in theory has no authority over national energy policy, the post is the most powerful directly-elected office in the country. Therefore, the incumbent will be able to use his position to become vocal on matters of national importance.
Background To Tokyo 2014 Election