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Monday, February 18, 2019, 11:00 - 12:00

Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo

(The speech will be in English, Q & A will be in Japanese with interpretation)

"Designing Tokyo for 2020 – Initiatives for the Year to Come"

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike will address the FCCJ on a range of current issues including the latest on the market relocation and preparations for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

After delays and controversy, Tokyo's busy market (a key tourist drawcard) finally shifted from Tsukiji to Toyosu in October 2018. Koike is set to speak about the status of the market move and any issues that remain to be tackled. A draft redevelopment plan for the Tsukiji site is due to be finalized by the end of March. Koike also is expected to brief the audience on initiatives to make the city sustainable and "to win back Tokyo's position as the top global financial city in Asia".

During her time in metropolitan politics, Koike has experienced political highs and lows. She toppled the establishment candidate to become Tokyo governor in July 2016. A year later, she led her Tomin (Tokyoites) First party to a decisive victory in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election. This saw her former party – the Liberal Democratic Party – register its poorest-ever showing in a Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election. Emboldened by this outcome, Koike later formed a new political party – the Party of Hope – to take on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party-led coalition in the snap lower house election in October 2017. However, Koike resisted calls to personally run for a lower house seat, thereby passing up the chance to serve as prime minister, and the broader effort failed to inspire the voting public. She no longer heads the Party of Hope.

A graduate of Cairo University, Koike was a TV newscaster before being elected to parliament in 1992. She switched her party affiliation more than once and joined the LDP in 2002. She was Japan's first female defense minister in 2007 and the following year became the first woman to run for the leadership of the LDP. She has also served as national security adviser to the Prime Minister and as environment minister. This is Koike's third time addressing the FCCJ as governor.

5F Marunouchi Nijubashi Bldg., 3-2-3, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Doors open for TV crew at 10:15, For all others at 10:30, still cameras included.
Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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