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Tokyo governor election puts nuclear power to test

Published on Feb 9, 2014 6:33 AM
 
Voters listen to an election campaign speech by former Japanese Prime Minister and candidate in the Tokyo gubernatorial election Morihiro Hosokawa (top right) and his supporter and former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi while campaigning for the February 9 vote during a heavy snowfall at Tokyo's Ginza shopping district on Feb 8, 2014. Voters in Tokyo will go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new governor in a race being closely watched as a popular verdict on the use of nuclear power. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - Voters in Tokyo will go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new governor in a race being closely watched as a popular verdict on the use of nuclear power.

Polling stations will open at 7.00am (10am, Sunday, Singapore time), with observers saying the heaviest snowfall in more than 45 years may affect voter turnout in the city of 13 million people.

A crowded field of 16 men fought an uninspiring two-week campaign to become chief executive of one of the world's biggest cities.

Media surveys suggest one-time television presenter and former cabinet minister Yoichi Masuzoe has a commanding lead, despite his alignment with the government on the need to restart Japan's idled nuclear reactors.

 
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