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Aoshima concerned about Ishihara's administration.

TOKYO, April 12 Kyodo

Outgoing Tokyo Gov. Yukio Aoshima on Monday aired concern about the administration of his successor Shintaro Ishihara, who easily won the gubernatorial election Sunday. "(Ishihara) says he will change Japan by conducting reforms in Tokyo, but I doubt if such an idea will really work," Aoshima said in a press conference at the Tokyo metropolitan government office. Aoshima, however, said he hoped Ishihara will exert all his energy to work on numerous issues, including the Tokyo government's financial rehabilitation and countermeasures for the dwindling number of children in an aging society. Aoshima also said that he is sorry the candidate he had supported, Kunio Hatoyama, former deputy leader of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), came only second in the election. The governor said he offered all the help he could to Hatoyama, whose policy was the closest to his among the major candidates. Aoshima announced his backing for Hatoyama last Tuesday, five days before the voting. Aoshima also said he thinks Ishihara obtained wide support from voters because of his outspoken character. Asked what would have happened if he had filed candidacy in the gubernatorial race, Aoshima smiled and said he thinks he could have been reelected. Aoshima leaves office April 22 and Ishihara will start work as governor the following day.
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Publication:Japan Policy & Politics
Date:Apr 19, 1999
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