Yamaguchi: Election support for Tokyo gubernatorial incumbent

June 16 , 2024

On June 13, Chief Representative Natsuo Yamaguchi reported to Komeito’s Central Secretariat that the party would support Yuriko Koike in her bid to win the Tokyo gubernatorial elections as the incumbent candidate. While the Tokyo governor is not seeking a formal party endorsement—given widespread voter distance and distaste over existing political parties—Yamaguchi said Komeito is recommending to its members that they extend their full support.

Yamaguchi cited the longstanding legislative coordination between Gov. Koike and the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly Komeito caucus on such measures as covid pandemic programs, as well as on childcare incentives and educational entitlements, as the basis for Komeito’s backing.