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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Tokyo gubernatorial election, 2011

Today is the voting day of Tokyo governor race. I went to the nearby polling station. Tokyo is a big city with a population of more than 13 million. Its population surpasses the one of some nations. Who will be the next governor will more or less affect our region's future.

There are eleven candidates. Some of them are Shintaro Ishihara (Current governor, fourth term if elected), Miki Watanabe (ex CEO of a restaurant chain), Dr. Nakamatsu (inventor), Akira Koike (a nominee of Japanese Communist Party), Hideo Higashikokubaru (ex governor of Miyazaki prefecture).

I thought quite hard who should I vote, though it seemed to be a difficult question. Who will be able to handle the Tokyo Metropolitan Government best? Who is best suited to the next governor? Every candidate seems to be a little bit far from the ideal. In the end, I selected a person according to my inner voice. The election outcome will possibly be declared until midnight.

edit (4.11)
The final result of the vote was announced. Ishihara has won a race by a wide margin. He won about 2.6 million ballots compared with Higashikokubaru's 1.6 million who finished second.

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