Former Japan Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa has been one of the more prominent names connected with the Tokyo gubernatorial race, and he has declared on Tuesday that he is deciding to run for governor of Japan’s capital city after receiving the backing of another popular former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi. Hosokawa said that he is planning to lay down the details of his campaign in the next few days, but it would most likely hinge on anti-nuclear sentiments, as Koizumi is also a known vocal critic of nuclear power.
“I’d like to talk about specifics, including policy matters, at a press conference where I will officially declare my candidacy,” said the 76-year-old Hosokawa, this following a meeting with Koizumi at a Tokyo hotel. Getting the support of Koizumi seemed to be essential for Hosokawa’s decision, as Koizumi still enjoys strong popularity even after stepping down as premier in 2006. With Koizumi joining Hosokawa’s campaign, Japan’s energy policy could become the focal point of the upcoming gubernatorial election, which will be done to replace ex-Tokyo governor Naoki Inose, who stepped down last month over a money scandal. “The main reason I’ve decided to support Mr. Hosokawa is because Japan can develop without nuclear reactors,” Koizumi also told reporters after their meeting.
Hosokawa’s candidacy may become a political headache for Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration, which has been trying to bring back nuclear energy into relevance. Hosokawa was born into a political family, and was a newspaper reporter before entering politics. In 1993, he was elevated to the prime minister position via a convoluted eight-party coalition. Hosokawa’s administration collapsed only nine months after as he was implicated in a money scandal.
[via The Wall Street Journal]