Wednesday, June 15, 2016

"king Herod heard of him" - Removal of Tokyo Governor Masuzoe

National Parliament (Diet) Bldg., Tokyo

Removal of Tokyo Governor Masuzoe

In Japan, the biggest news item in these days is not the Orlando shooting but the state of the status of Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe.

Due to his irresponsible handling of public money and apparently illegal use of political funds, Tokyo voters, the Media, and other parties concerned are demanding his resignation.  However Governor Masuzoe is refusing to resign partly claiming that he has to attend the Rio Olympics stadium to receive Olympic flag as Tokyo is to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.

For the Tokyo metropolitan parliament to pass the official dismissal of the governor, the largest ruling party, the LDP, should join the opposition parties and another ruling party, the Komeito, that have already decided to fire Governor Masuzoe.

However, finally, around 11:45 P.M. of June 14, Tuesday (Japan Time), the LDP decided to join all the other parties for dismissal of Governor Masuzoe.

So, the Tokyo metropolitan parliament will pass votes of no confidence on the governor on Wednesday.

(Preceding Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose was also forced to resign two years ago for illegal money handling.  After Inose, Masuzoe was elected as governor with crucial support from Prime Minisiter Shinzo Abe of the LDP.)


June 15, Wednesday (JAPAN TIME):

This morning Governor Masuzoe has reportedly decided to resign voluntarily.  He is expected this morning to submit his resignation note to the chairman of the Tokyo metropolitan parliament.  He has finally yielded to millions of people who have requested his resignation through the Media, the Internet, direct calling and facsimiles to the Tokyo Metropolitan office.

In July or August at the latest, election for Tokyo Governor will be held.

Yoichi Masuzoe (1948-) was an ex-assistant professor of the University of Tokyo who however quit the university to be a popular critic and a conservative politician in 1990s.

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