Despite Morihiro Hosokawa’s loss for the Tokyo gubernatorial bid, both he and ex-Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will continue to campaign against the use of nuclear energy in Japan. Hosokawa had been calling to end the use of nuclear energy during his campaign for the nation’s largest city.
Former health minister and ruling Liberal Democratic Party-backed candidate Yoichi Masuzoe won the election for the coveted post. After most media coverage of the elections announced his rival’s victory, Hosokawa said “I will continue my anti-nuclear activities with those who gave me warm support in this election.” In his statement, he offered thanks to Koizumi, “who took to the streets throughout his campaign.” Last weekend’s Tokyo elections became a war of popular vote between pro and anti-nuclear energy supporters. Opposition to the LDP’s move to restart nuclear reactors continued to rise and gain a foothold while Hosokawa ran for governor, backed by Koizumi, who remains to be popular and has a say in important issues of the government.
Koizumi campaigned for Hosokawa throughout the 17-day period. At one time during the campaign, the former premier criticized current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his administration’s plan to restart the reactors “as if nothing happened (in Fukushima).” Koizumi said that he will “continue to make efforts to create a nuclear-free Japan.”
[via Japan Times]
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