Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike favoured to win re-election for handling pandemic

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Tokyo: Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is likely to be reelected in Sunday’s polls, for her coronavirus handling despite a recent rise in infections that has raised concerns of a resurgence of the disease.

The first woman to head the Japanese capital, Koike, is also viewed as a potential candidate to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when his term ends in September 2021.

For now, she says she’s focused on protecting the lives of the 14 million people in Tokyo, a megacity with a $1 trillion economy.

“Fighting against the coronavirus for the residents of Tokyo is my first and foremost responsibility,” she said on the eve of the election. In her campaign message online, Koike pledged to balance disease prevention and the economy under Tokyo’s “new normal.”

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