Feb. 12, 2014, 2:56 p.m.
The governor of Tokyo, Naoki INOSE, resigned from office in December 2013, following an investigation into the misuse of political funds. Following his resignation, an election was scheduled on February 9, 2014 to replace him. Sixteen candidates participated in the election, with fifteen of the candidates appearing on the ballot as independents. Yoichi MASUZOE, the former Minister of Health, Labour, and Welfare won the election with 2,112,979 votes (42.86 percent). MASUZOE was supported in the election by the Liberal Democratic Party and the New Komeito Party. Kenji UTSUNOMIYA finished second in the polling with 982,595 votes (19.93 percent) and former Prime Minister Morihiro HOSOKAWA finished third with 956,063 votes (19.39 percent). Turnout for the election was only 46.14 percent (4,930,251 voters), a decrease of 16.46 percent. The decreased turnout was likely the result of a large snowstorm that hit Eastern Japan the day before the election.