Ties between new Olympic minister, Tokyo governor source of concern

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22:12 3 August 2016

TOKYO, Aug. 3, Kyodo

Two female politicians emerged as key persons in Tokyo’s preparations for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named Tamayo Marukawa as Olympic minister Wednesday, a day after Yuriko Koike took office as the first female governor of the Japanese capital.

Marukawa, 45, and Koike, 64, are supposed to work hand-in-hand as Japan prepares to stage the sport extravaganza, but some metropolitan government officials voiced their concerns that apparent “bad chemistry” between them may actually hamper the preparations.

During the campaign for the Tokyo gubernatorial election, Marukawa, a former TV Asahi newscaster, harshly criticized Koike, a former TV Tokyo newscaster, who ran after parting ways with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

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