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2014年 1月 30日 Get out the Vote!

Hello, everyone!

I hope our blog readers are surviving the exam season at your universities.

Working at the headquarters of Toshin Business School in the heart of Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, hardly a day passes without hearing candidates for governor speaking in front of nearby crowds or seeing them pass by in campaign cars.

For those of you Tokyo-ites who have recently turned twenty, it will be your first opportunity to cast a ballot in the upcoming gubernatorial election. It’s on February 9.

The average age of the sixteen candidates for governor is 66.8 years old (according to my calculation). That may seem pretty old to a university student. But your voice is vital: your generation will shape the future of Tokyo and of Japan. Your vote really counts!

As you probably know, major issues in this election include nuclear power, the expansion of the social welfare system, and making Tokyo a disaster-resilient city. What is the most important issue for you? If you were running for governor, what would be the first thing that you would address?

If you need a moment to think or simply want a break from exams, then walk over to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building (To-cho), and visit the observatory free of charge. From 202 meters above the city you can check out the panoramic view of our nation’s capital and see snow-capped Mt. Fuji in the distance.

Let’s hope that under the leadership of a new governor, Tokyo continues to be a place we are proud to call home. The coming years will be an important time for our city to shine as we head towards the 2020 Olympic Games. The world is watching.

Senior Advisor

Masanori Kono

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