Tokyo Gubernatorial Race to Be Held on July 5 Next Year

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 6 (Jiji Press)--The Tokyo metropolitan government's Election Administration Commission plans to set a gubernatorial election for July 5 next year, the most distant date allowed under the public office election law from the July 24 opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, according to informed sources.

The commission hopes to minimize the impact from the election on the quadrennial sporting event, the sources said.

The official campaign period for the election is expected to start on June 18. The voting day and the campaign start date are likely to be officially decided as early as next week, the sources said.

Incumbent Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike's term will end on July 30 next year. The law stipulates that a gubernatorial election must be held within 30 days before the expiration of the incumbent governor's term.

With the Olympic torch relay set to start on July 10, some experts had called for holding the election earlier.

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