First, Eric Johnson in the Japan Times on Osaka versus the Tokyo election, filed under “news”. It’s quite interesting that he manages to get through the whole article without mentioning Inose, nor what’s-his-name JCP lawyer person:
In one corner of the campaign, we have former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe, considered a moderate but, in reality, a conservative who, prior to March 11, 2011, argued for nuclear power. Since then (surprise, surprise) he has kept rather quiet.
That “(surprise, surprise)” seems out of place in a news article. However, Koizumi was also pro-nuclear before 3/11, was he not? Furthermore, Wikipedia says Masuzoe has been talking about nuclear power, but perhaps no-one was listening in November 2012 when he said:
Moving on to a Twitter account that appears to most people to be an official Japan Times spokesperson, I see this comment that I rate as more offensive than the ANA bignose commercial:
What a shit place to waste what’s left of your life> Koreans Fights NYC McDonald’s for the Right to Sit. – NYTimes http://ow.ly/sDnen
Finally, we have our old favourite, Japan Focus and the appropriately-entitled “Spinning the Tokyo Metro Election“. This article also fails to mention Kenji Utsunomiya (I Googled him rather than repeating what’s-his-name), but features the “Nuclear Village” as shorthand for “I hate the LDP”. I had a chuckle at this spin:
The favourite talking point for opponents of the Hosokawa-Koizumi tag team – as it were – has been to emphasize that Hosokawa received a loan (apparently fully paid back) from the firm Sagawa Kyubin during his term as prime minister and must explain this.
Unfortunately, space prevented him for mentioning that the reason there is an election in the first place is that Inose received an apparently fully paid back loan without explaining it.
And to bring us right back to the first story again, there is a footnote pointing to the article on this statement:
The party is officially committed to the very right-wing candidate and historical revisionist Tamogami Toshio, but it seems that much of the membership is turning toward Hosokawa.
He’s not the official candidate, and Mr Johnson said nothing about the relative numbers favouring Hosokawa versus Masuzoe.