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China expresses welcome to Tokyo governor's visit to Beijing

China on Wednesday expressed welcome to Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe's visit to Beijing next week, a trip that underscores the Chinese strategy to foster ties with local Japanese leaders despite frosty state-to-state relations with Japan. "China has all along supported friendly exchanges with foreign countries at the regional level," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, adding that such activists help foster mutual understanding.

Prosecutors search places linked to ex-Tokyo Gov. Inose

Prosecutors have searched several places linked to former Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose as part of their investigation into his receipt of 50 million yen from a major Japanese hospital chain, sources close to the issue said Saturday. Inose, 67, has repeatedly said the money given by Tokushukai in November 2012 was a personal loan, but Torao Tokuda, founder of the hospital chain, was quoted as telling the prosecutors that it was to be used for Inose's gubernatorial election campaign.

Hospital group founder questioned over money to ex-Tokyo gov.

Prosecutors questioned the founder of one of Japan's largest hospital chains, Tokushukai, on a voluntary basis Wednesday over the 50 million yen provided to former Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose who resigned late last year, sources close to the hospital group said.

Voting under way in Tokyo gubernatorial election

Voting is under way in the Tokyo gubernatorial election Sunday to choose a successor to Naoki Inose, who resigned in December over a money scandal. Major candidates include former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa, 76, former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe, 65, former Air Self-Defense Force chief Toshio Tamogami, 65, and Kenji Utsunomiya, 67, former head of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.

Voting under way in Tokyo gubernatorial election

Voting is under way in the Tokyo gubernatorial election Sunday to choose a successor to Naoki Inose, who resigned in December over a money scandal. Major candidates include former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa, 76, former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe, 65, former Air Self-Defense Force chief Toshio Tamogami, 65, and Kenji Utsunomiya, 67, former head of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.

Ex-Tokyo Gov. Inose gave 5 mil. yen to mediator after governor race

Former Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose, who resigned last year over his receipt of 50 million yen from Japan's largest hospital group, gave 5 million yen to a person who arranged a meeting for Inose with the group's founder, immediately after the Tokyo gubernatorial election in December 2012, the recipient said Saturday. Inose, 67, may have used part of the 50 million yen from the hospital chain Tokushukai for the 5 million yen paid to Mitsuhiro Kimura, leader of the right-wing political group Issuikai.

Ishihara backs sacked military chief for Tokyo governor

China-baiting former Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara on Tuesday threw his weight behind the political ambitions of an ex-military chief who was sacked after insisting Japan was not a World War II aggressor. The acerbic Ishihara, 81, who was governor of Tokyo for 13 years to 2012, said he believed the next leader of the metropolis should be fellow hardline nationalist Toshio Tamogami, the onetime chief of staff of Japan's Air Self-Defence.

Prosecutors to launch investigation into ex-Tokyo Gov. Inose

Prosecutors are expected to launch an investigation into former Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose, who stepped down last year over his receipt of 50 million yen from one of the country's largest hospital chains, the Tokushukai group, sources close to the issue said Tuesday. The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office plans to question Inose, 67, after it accepted a complaint filed by members of a civic group who claim the money was not listed in Inose's fund report for his Tokyo gubernatorial election campaign in violation of the public office election law.

Tokyo to elect new governor on February 9

Millions of voters in Tokyo will elect their new governor in February, the mega-city said Wednesday, after the resignation of the previous incumbent over a money scandal. The gubernatorial election is set for February 9, a Sunday, with ballots to be counted on the same day, the city's election board said. Candidates must formally declare themselves on January 23 during business hours.

Tokyo gubernatorial election set for Feb.9

The Tokyo election board decided Wednesday to hold a gubernatorial election on Feb. 9 following Gov. Naoki Inose's resignation over his receipt of 50 million yen from scandal-tainted hospital chain Tokushukai. Candidates are required to file their candidacy for the governorship election, the third in three years, on Jan. 23, the board said.
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