Reiwa Shinsengumi Head to Run for Tokyo Governor


Tokyo, June 15 (Jiji Press)--Taro Yamamoto, head of Japanese political party Reiwa Shinsengumi, on Monday said he plans to run in the July 5 Tokyo gubernatorial election.

At a press conference, Yamamoto, 45, said that his campaign pledges will include cancellation of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, postponed to 2021 amid the coronavirus crisis, and 100,000-yen handouts to all Tokyo citizens.

Yamamoto said he wants to aid people struggling to make ends meet amid the pandemic.

"Even if Reiwa Shinsengumi wins more seats in parliament in the next House of Representatives election, we can't save those suffering now," he said, pledging to "improve the lives of citizens in Tokyo."

He said coronavirus relief measures that he plans to propose will include one-year tuition exemptions at high schools, universities and vocational schools, compensation for lost revenue at small businesses and the self-employed, and hiring 3,000 jobless people as metropolitan government workers.

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