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