Sunday, June 18, 2017

Shizuoka Gubernatorial Race



It's campaigning time again!  The upcoming (June 25th) election is interesting, with Olympic judo silver medalist, Noriko Mizoguchi, challenging the incumbant, Heita Kawakatsu.  Kawakatsu, 68, is seeking his third term. Mizoguchi, 45, won the silver medal in the women's 52-kilogram division at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. She was a professor at Shizuoka University of Art and Culture and coached France's national judo team in the past.  Mizoguchi wants to give back to her community by changing prefectural politics, while Kawakatsu is empahazing his achievements during his two terms, such as the addition of Mt. Fuji to UNESCO's World Heritage list and securing the cycling events of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for the prefecture. I wonder who will win!


5 comments:

  1. Hope it is a good election, here there always seems to be much muck raking during elections.

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  2. hmm this will be interesting Pamela ,yes i wonder who will win xx

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  3. Japanese people love the 'famous' which is why I think a lot of well known TV reporters, actors, athletes and the like, often win a seat in political races. Kawakatsu, however, is already established and has proven his ability... It will be interesting to see the result.

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  4. It seems to become an interesting race between the two.

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  5. I bet those campaigns are much cleaner and more 'honourable' in Japan than in many other countries...

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