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Former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa is likely to run in the upcoming Tokyo gubernatorial election on an anti-nuclear power platform.

Hosokawa, 75, is seeking an alliance with former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, who is also calling for the elimination of nuclear plants, and the two are reportedly holding behind-the-scenes negotiations, according to sources.

Hosokawa was quoted as telling his aides that he will try to make ridding Japan of all atomic power a major campaign issue. Another source quoted Hosokawa as saying, “The upcoming gubernatorial poll is an election that will determine the fate of Japan. I hope my candidacy will galvanize public opinion.”

At the same time, however, Hosokawa has suggested that he will make a final decision on his candidacy after examining the results of opinion polls to be held over the weekend. The second source added that Hosokawa has undergone a medical checkup and confirmed that he can endure the workload of being governor for five to six years.
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Ex-PM Hosokawa likely to run for Tokyo governor (Mainichi Newspaper)

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