The ruling Liberal-Democratic Party (LDP) has outlined three criteria that the candidate it backs in the Tokyo gubernatorial election must have.
Officials of the party met this week to discuss possible candidates. They declined to name anyone but said the person must have three attributes: An international outlook; be an ardent leader of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic organizing committee; and be able to establish a relationship of trust with the Tokyo metropolitan assembly.
So far, only Kenji Utsunomiya, 67, a veteran human rights lawyer and a former president of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, has declared his candidacy for the Feb 9 election to replace Naoki Inose who resigned in disgrace last month over a loan scandal.
Campaigning is scheduled to begin on Jan 23.