The official campaign before the upcoming July elections of the Governor began on Thursday in the capital of the Prefecture of Japan. According to the electoral Commission, candidates, registered for 18 persons.

Filing is possible during the day. Just about the desire to run for Governor of Tokyo earlier said about 20 people. The focus in the presidential race candidates are going to be given to measures to combat the spread of coronavirus and the situation surrounding the postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic games, which were postponed from 2020 to 2021.

In addition to the current Governor Yuriko Koike, who is running for a second term, his candidacy was put forward by the leader of the party "Rave shinsen Gumi" Taro Yamamoto, Chairman of the party "Protect the people from public television NHK" Takashi Tachibana, also a prominent lawyer, former head of the Japan Federation of bar associations Kenji Utsunomiya, who is elected Governor of Tokyo in 2012 and 2014 and won the second place.

The most resonant was the program Taro Yamamoto. He promised in case of victory to cancel the Olympics in the capital. In his opinion, the Games is impossible because of the unpredictable epidemiological situation in the world and additional costs associated with the transfer of competitions.

The election campaign will last for two and a half weeks, and the elections of the Governor of Tokyo will take place on 5 July.

the First female Governor

Yuriko Koike was born in July 1952. She graduated from Cairo University and is a specialist on the Middle East. Koike has worked as a translator and journalist, interviewed first the head of the Palestinian national authority Yasser Arafat and former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Then in the late 70’s, she made a career on television.

In 1992, Koike became a member of the upper house of Parliament, and a year later was elected to the lower key. In 2002, she joined the liberal democratic party (LDP). The Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi Koike Minister of environment and Minister of state for Okinawa and "Northern territories" (so in Japan called the southern part of the Kuril Islands belonging to Russia). Then, when the government headed by Shinzo Abe, for a short time – from 4 July to 27 August 2007 – Minister of defense.

The election for Governor of Tokyo in 2016 Koike was originally nominated by the LDP, but the party supported another candidate. Nevertheless, she won and became the first woman to head the administration of the capital of the Prefecture of Japan.

Its rating throughout the four-year period remained quite high. According to recent opinion polls, policy Koike as Governor is supported by more than 60% of respondents. In this election she is a candidate as the nezawaymy candidate. However, the LDP and its Junior partner in the ruling coalition – the party "Komeito" – expressed support for her candidacy.