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Japan's Abe hails election of pro-nuclear Tokyo governor

Published on Feb 10, 2014 1:55 PM
 
Japan's former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe shouts "banzai" (cheers) with his supporters at his office, following local media reports that it is certain he will be elected as the new Tokyo Governor, in Tokyo on Feb 9, 2014. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday welcomed the election of a conservative governor of Tokyo in a result analysts say will help boost Abe's economic reform agenda and reinforce his drive to restart Japan's nuclear reactors. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday welcomed the election of a conservative governor of Tokyo in a result analysts say will help boost Abe's economic reform agenda and reinforce his drive to restart Japan's nuclear reactors.

Backed by Mr Abe's ruling coalition, Yoichi Masuzoe - a former television pundit and one-time cabinet minister - was an easy winner Sunday ahead of 15 rivals, including a former premier campaigning for an end to atomic power.

"It was good to see Mr Masuzoe elected as he won support of people in Tokyo," Mr Abe told reporters.

"I want him to work hard on various subjects such as low birth rate and longevity as well as economic revitalisation," Mr Abe said. "I want him to make Tokyo a city shining at the centre of the world." Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga separately told reporters: "I hope he will move the metropolitan government forward by cooperating with the Abe administration." The poll for chief executive of one of the world's biggest cities had been seen as a referendum on atomic power in a country still scarred by the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

 
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