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Tokyo Gov. Koike announces reelection bid

City head vows to make 'Tokyo and Japan a safe place' for Olympics

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike announced her candidacy on June 12 for the gubernatorial election. (Photo by Karina Nooka)

TOKYO -- Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike announced her reelection bid on Friday, the day after the Tokyo Municipal Government decided to lift all coronavirus-related restrictions on business on June 19, as the capital faces the challenges of hosting the Olympic Games next year.

Koike, the first female leader of Tokyo, is known for her no-nonsense approach and is widely credited for bringing the coronavirus outbreak under control in the capital city.

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