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Nov 19, 2012

[Ryusaku Tanaka] Tokyo Gubernatorial Election: Mr. Kenji Utsunomiya, the Man for the Poor, Sets Goal for Denuclearization


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English translation of an excerpt of a Japanese article: Ryusaku Tanaka Journal – November 14, 2012

Tokyo Gubernatorial Election: Mr. Kenji Utsunomiya, the Man for the Poor, Sets Goal for Denuclearization




Mr. Kenji Utsunomiya, an expected candidate for Tokyo Governor
He haltingly expressed his determination for running for Tokyo gubernatorial election.
 = at Nakano Zero Hall on 14th night    Photo: by Tanaka =

A candidate as a representative of the people, never belonging to LDP/New Komeito or DPJ, has appeared on the scene.  Kenji Utsunomiya, the former president of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, who will run for the Tokyo gubernatorial election (to be announced on November 29 and to be held on December 16), with a goal of denuclearization and anti-poverty, has held the kickoff meeting at Nakano Ward tonight.

Expected candidate Utsunomiya was born at a farming and fishing village in Ehime Prefecture on December 1946.  His father was a disable soldier and his family was in poverty.  He looks back and says “I had never eaten rice when I was a child.”

Mr. Utsunomiya, the representative of Anti-Poverty Network, served as an honorary chief of Tent City for Jobless over the New Year Period, created at Hibiya Park in Tokyo at the end of 2008 when the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers caused many temporary workers to be laid off.  He is also famous for his fight against greedy loan sharks to stand with heavy debtors.




“Media Voluntary Support Group” - An election race of Utsunomiya camp is going to be broadcasted live on Ustream.  = Photo by Tanaka =


“To create Tokyo with a goal of denuclearization is to create Japan and the world with the same goal.  Tokyo without nuclear power generation will be environmentally-friendly Tokyo and Japan………….The Ishihara Metropolitan government which carried out a large-scale development has expanded poverty and widened the gap between the rich and the poor. …………………………………… Let’s create peaceful Japan.”  Mr. Utsunomiya has clearly revealed a policy for breaking away from the Ishihara Metropolitan government policy.

Although newspapers and TV stations cover candidates of LDP/New Komeito and DPJ with great fanfare, Mr. Utsunomiya will use SNS sites through citizen media.  It seems that voluntary group of ordinary people with no affiliation with any labor union, industry segment or religious organization, will carry on a campaign.

Nuclear power plant and poverty issues are the biggest subjects that Japanese common people can never escape from.  We cannot keep away our eyes off expected candidate Utsunomiya who tries to tackle these issues head-on.

(Report by Ryusaku Takana)

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