Like the rest of Japan, Tokyo must provide affordable care for the growing number of elderly, but balance that with maintaining its appeal to the younger generation who make it a vibrant commercial and cultural hub.
Between 2007 and 2009, Masuzoe served as health, labor and welfare minister, initially under Abe’s first, short-lived administration. He now has the backing of the prime minister’s conservative Liberal Democratic Party.
The governor of Tokyo presides over Japan’s most populated and wealthiest prefecture. Its annual ￥13 trillion budget rivals that of Sweden and it has 165,000 people on its payroll.
The new governor will likely spend much of his time preparing for the 2020 Olympics, with huge construction projects and the renovation of the city’s aging infrastructure already under way.