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Monday, July 06, 2020, 10:08
Koike wins 2nd term in Tokyo gubernatorial election
By Xinhua
Monday, July 06, 2020, 10:08 By Xinhua

This handout picture taken on July 5, 2020 and released by Koike Yuriko Official Channel shows Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike speaking during a media interview in Tokyo. (PHOTO / AFP)

TOKYO - Governor Yuriko Koike won a second term in the Tokyo gubernatorial election on Sunday, local media reported.

Koike also said she could not feel completely happy as Tokyo was facing a possible second wave of the pandemic

"I am very happy, and simultaneously feel the heaviness of the responsibility," the 67-year-old politician said in a televised address as exit polls suggested she was likely to score a landslide victory.

Koike vowed to seriously deal with a second wave of COVID-19 and coordinate with the International Olympic Committee over the postponed Olympics and Paralympics in 2021.

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Koike, the first female governor of the Japanese capital, also said she could not feel completely happy as Tokyo was facing a possible second wave of the pandemic.

"This is a critical time to be prepared for the second wave of coronavirus. We would like to respond firmly," she said.

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Koike ran as an independent and beat 21 challengers, including Kenji Utsunomiya, 73, a former head of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, Taro Yamamoto, 45, a former actor and leader of the anti-establishment party Reiwa Shinsengumi, and Taisuke Ono, 46, a former vice governor of Kumamoto Prefecture. 

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