Kurokawa Loses Tokyo Election
Although turnout in yesterday’s election for the governorship of Tokyo was higher than expected, with more than 50 percent of the city’s 12.7 million people casting votes, the outcome was in line with expectations. Incumbent Shintaro Ishihara won, with a wide margin of more than half of all votes cast, while architect Kisho Kurokawa came in fourth, where polls had placed him since he joined a field of 14 candidates earlier this year.
Kurokawa’s unique campaign, which ArchRecord.com reported on March 28, was a big part of this year’s election for the governor of Tokyo, an office equivalent to mayor. He released a statement indicating that he will participate in national elections this July with his “Symbiosis New Party,” although he didn’t specifically mention whether or not he himself will run.