Japan Election 2011: Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara reelected on fourth term despite tsunami comment

By on Apr 10, 2011 in Asia, International, Politics Comments

Tokyo, JapanShintaro Ishihara was reelected again as Tokyo Governor for his fourth term, despite his previous comment about the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara
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As reported at NHK on Sunday, April 10, 2011, election results that day showed that Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara have won the seat again and will be on his fourth term.

Apparently, Shintaro Ishihara won the votes as governor of Tokyo despite reports that he previously suggested that the Japan earthquake and tsunami were “divine punishment”, in which the public got angry, as he apologized later.

Ishihara, 78, along with Hokkaido Governor Harumi Takahashi, who also was reelected, was supported by the Japan’s main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which fought against the ruling Democratic Party.

According to Kyodo News, Shintaro Ishihara defeated Watami restaurant chain owner Miki Watanabe, former Miyazaki prefectural Governor Hideo Higashikokubaru, and Japanese Communist Party chief policymaker Akira Koike.

As of this writing, NHK have already confirmed ten winners in the twelve gubernatorial posts, where official results are set to be announced on Monday.

Among the prefectures where election was held are northern Hokkaido, Kanagawa, Nara and Mie.

The election result is being expected to have a great influence in the coordination between Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s ruling party and the opposition to cope up with effect of the twin disaster.

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