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Tokyo citizens criticize embattled governor, call for resignation

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe bows while asking Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly members to delay submitting a no-confidence motion against him, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government office building on June 13, 2016. (Mainichi)

The Mainichi Shimbun spoke to Tokyo citizens for their opinion on embattled Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe, his offer to forego his salary over a political funds scandal and his request to delay submission of a no-confidence motion against him until the end of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Hiromichi Shiratori, 52, a company employee living in Edogawa Ward, said, "Even if he says he is going to give up his full salary, he would be staying on as governor so I can't agree." He added, "The timing of the Olympics is irrelevant. I want him to resign as soon as possible."

Toshiko Matsumoto, 73, a part-time employee living in Arakawa Ward, also rejected the idea of Masuzoe giving up his salary, saying, "That's not enough." She called for an early resignation, saying, "The people of the world won't pay him any attention anyway, so I don't want to let him go to Rio."

A 43-year-old dispatch worker living in Toshima Ward said, "Masuzoe hasn't given a single explanation the people of Tokyo could accept, so I can't believe he would dare to ask for postponement of submission of a no-confidence motion, which is the right of the metropolitan assembly."

A 52-year-old woman living in Bunkyo Ward noted, however, "If there is a gubernatorial election, yet more tax money will be spent," suggesting, "I think we need to take a calmer look at whether Masuzoe has done his job as governor" before trying to have him removed.

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