東京都知事に小池氏 初の女性

August 2, 2016

東京都知事選挙が31日、投開票され、元防衛相の小池百合子氏(64)が初当選を決めた。所属する自民党の支援を得られないまま出馬。「都政の透明化」などを掲げ、元総務相の増田寛也氏(64)=自民、公明、日本のこころ推薦=、ジャーナリストの鳥越俊太郎氏(76)=民進、共産、社民、生活推薦=らを破った。初の女性都知事になる。

待機児童や介護の人材確保といった問題が「喫緊の課題」だとして重点的に取り組む考えを示した。

 小池氏は2日、東京・西新宿の都庁に初登庁する予定。都知事選では17年ぶりの保守分裂となった選挙戦で、小池氏は自民党都連などを厳しく批判してきただけに、今後の都政運営では都議会との関係が焦点の一つとなる。

小池氏は「国際金融都市」づくりや知事報酬の半減などを公約に掲げ、自民、民進などの政党支持者にも幅広く浸透した。

 

自民党の支援を得られない出馬であったが大差で都知事選を制したわけである。

女性問題、介護のことは経験もなくよくわからないが、東京が「国際金融都市」としての復活を遂げることを期待している。

 

今後、都議会との軋轢も大きくなるであろうし、政策の実施は非常に懸念されるところである。ただ今回の選挙は、英国のEU離脱をめぐる国民投票に比べ都知事選で当選を決め支持者と握手する小池百合子氏         ると東京都民は賢明な判断をしたと思っている。

(31日夜、東京都豊島区)

 

【以下はFTからの引用】

Tokyo elects first female governor

to oversee 2020 Olympics

Yuriko Koike’s victory shows

limits of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s power

by: Robin Harding and Kana Inagaki in Tokyo

 

Tokyo elected its first female governor, putting Yuriko Koike in charge of the city’s troubled preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games after she defied prime minister Shinzo Abe and the political establishment to run for the post.

Ms Koike — a former TV newscaster who was also the first woman to serve as Japan’s defence minister — was on course for a resounding victory on Sunday, with exit polls giving her 47.4 per cent of the vote. Ms Koike, who ran as an independent, will become one of Japan’s most powerful female politicians in history. Her victory is also a rare sign of limits to the prime minister’s power.

Mr Abe’s government had refused to endorse Ms Koike, even though she was a member of parliament from his ruling Liberal Democratic party, and had recruited former communications minister Hiroya Masuda to run against her.

 

Ms Koike will take over preparations for the 2020 Olympics, which are already plagued by rows over the cost of the stadium and a plagiarism scandal over its logo. While Japan’s capital will now have a powerful figurehead as it prepares to host the games, there is also potential for political conflict as the city’s assembly is dominated by the LDP.

Addressing delighted supporters in the district of Ikebukuro, 64-year-old Ms Koike vowed to push forward with forming an administration. “I want to make a better administration than before, better than there has ever been before,” she said.

Exit polls in the city of 13.6m showed she secured a clear win over Mr Masuda, who polled 26.5 per cent. Veteran journalist Shuntaro Torigoe, who was backed by a number of opposition parties, won 19.3 per cent in the exit polls.

There were also 18 minor candidates in the contest, an ugly campaign that included Shintaro Ishihara, a former Tokyo governor, calling Ms Koike “an old bag wearing heavy make-up”.

 

 

 

 

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