Koike tells Abe of resolve for reform

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike at their meeting on Tuesday.

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike informed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday of her determination to drastically reform the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly.

In talks with reporters after a meeting with Abe at the prime minister’s office, Koike said, “I told Abe that I want to share [with him] the need to push ahead with the reform of the assembly in order to promote the thorough overhaul of the Japanese capital.”

They agreed to cooperate for a successful 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to the governor.

Koike told Abe that Tokyo aims to win the competition with other major cities and that she wants the metropolitan assembly to have more members who understand the circumstances.

The meeting, held at the request of Koike, was their first since Aug. 4, shortly after she won the Tokyo gubernatorial election on July 31.

Koike, who plans to actively field candidates in constituencies of heavyweights of the Liberal Democratic Party in this summer’s election for the Tokyo assembly, met with Abe, also head of the party, apparently to keep the assembly side in check, informed sources said. The LDP is the biggest force in the Tokyo assembly.Speech

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