Koike’s allies win majority in Tokyo election


Tomin First led by Koike allowed 6 independents into the party bringing it to a total of 55 seats. It is now the assembly’s largest party.

The party and its allies have 79 of the 127 seats.

The Liberal Democratic Party led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was the biggest force with 57 seats before the election, but now holds only 23 seats.

Koike said she is very grateful for the better-than-expected results thanks to the support of Tokyo residents. She also said she is feeling the weight of the responsibility.

The LDP Executive Acting Secretary-General, Hakubun Shimomura, said he will resign as chairman of the party’s Tokyo chapter. Others in the LDP say the outcome reflects voter anger towards the Abe administration and are calling for a cabinet reshuffle.

The LDP has been dogged by controversies over plans to open schools in western Japan. Opposition lawmakers allege government officials gave favorable treatment to school operators who support the prime minister.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s new regional party and allies scored a landslide victory in Sunday’s metropolitan assembly election. (NHK)

A 31-year-old man has been arrested for spraying a taxi driver with a fire extinguisher and attempting to flee the scene by stealing the vehicle in Tokyo’s Arakawa Ward. (Japan Today)

Japanese teenage shogi sensation Sota Fujii suffered the first loss in his professional career on Sunday, snapping his record-breaking unbeaten streak at 29 games. (Jiji)

A new ordinance to regulate dating services pairing up men with teenage schoolgirls came into force Saturday in Tokyo. (Japan Today)

Japanese motorists are seeing a rollout of new bilingual road signs. The program by traffic authorities comes amid a rise in foreign tourist numbers. (NHK)

A type of highly venomous ant has been detected at a container storage area in Nagoya port, central Japan. (NHK)

The climbing season started on the Yamanashi Prefecture side of Mount Fuji early on Saturday. (NHK)

Three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the company that operates the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, pleaded not guilty Friday as they stood trial for their alleged failure to prevent the nuclear meltdown disaster triggered by the 2011 tsunami. (Japan Today)

Police in Tokyo said Thursday they have arrested an unemployed 20-year-old man on a charge of forcible obstruction of business after he posted a message on the 2channel online bullet board, in which he said a bomb was set to go off at Shibuya Station in Tokyo. (Japan Today)

A twin-propeller plane made a belly landing Thursday at Nagasaki airport due to mechanical trouble, causing a brief runway closure and the cancellation of over a dozen flights, the airport operator and the transport ministry said. (Japan Times)


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