Tokyo Governor Koike Re-Elected in Landslide Win
Tokyo, July 6 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike was re-elected by a landslide of over 3.6 million votes, the second highest in history, on Sunday, winning a mandate from residents to remain in office for four more years as leader of the Japanese capital.
Koike, 67, will now face a host of challenges including containing the coronavirus pandemic and dealing with the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, which were postponed by one year to summer 2021.
She apparently drew support from voters for focusing on responses to the pandemic during the campaign period.
"I'll respond firmly to this severe situation," Koike said at a press conference on Sunday, referring to the pandemic.
The governor said she will go ahead with plans to set up a Tokyo version of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and put together a 300-billion-yen supplementary budget to step up the fight against COVID-19.
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