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(Update 3) Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike Wins 3rd Term

(Update 3) Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike Wins 3rd Term

   Tokyo, July 8 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike won a third term in Sunday's gubernatorial election, defeating a total of 55 challengers, including Shinji Ishimaru, a former mayor of Akitakata, Hiroshima Prefecture, and former House of Councillors lawmaker Renho.
   While receiving support from Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Koike, 71, ran as an independent to avoid the negative fallout from the party's high-profile "slush fund" scandal.
   In her third term, Koike is poised to continue to focus on child-rearing support and other policies. During the campaign, she emphasized measures linked to people's daily lives, such as making nursery fees free for the first child of each parent in Tokyo and subsidizing painless childbirth.
   "I will upgrade the great reform of Tokyo," Koike told reporters after news organizations projected her victory in the election. She also indicated her intention to strengthen measures to prevent natural disasters and fight inflation, and to promote digitalization in the Tokyo metropolitan government.
   Voter turnout was 60.62 pct, up from 55 pct in the previous 2020 gubernatorial election. The number of early voters jumped by about 400,000 to 2,151,251, according to Tokyo's election board.

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