Tokyo Gubernatorial Election 2020: Candidate Profile for Shion Sawa

This is the 13th post introducing candidates in the Tokyo governor race.

Check the other candidate profiles using these links: Koike; Utsunomiya; Ono; Yamamoto; Sakurai; Komiyama; Takemoto; Nishimoto; Sekiguchi; Oshikoshi; Horiemon New Party; Goto.

The goal of these profiles is to get readers to know all the candidates on one website. I want to help people find information with minimal effort.

This post will focus on Shion Sawa and his policies.


Name/Age: Shion Sawa/44 years old

Occupation: Writer/Company board member

Political Party: Independent

Slogan: Building the foundations for a “strong Tokyo 20 years from now”

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2020 Policies

  1. Countermeasures to the falling birthrate & new concepts of family
  • Strive for a city where people of any sexual orientation can live freely
  • Match people using IT 
  • Support childcare by combining traditional & new concepts of family
  • Expand welfare for preschool children
  • Move forward with plans to train childcare assistants 
  1. Prepare for an earthquake that directly hits Tokyo
  • Clearly define how evacuation shelters are managed in the COVID-19 era (ex. Social distancing)
  • Strengthen measures to deal with secondary disasters like fires + floods
  • Increase each citizens’ preparedness by conducting large scale earthquake drills 
  • Utilize IT to create a disaster information network
  1. The economy in the COVID-19 era
  • Organize the issues involving sports + the Olympic games
  • Discuss whether or not it is possible to develop an integrated resort or MICE while preventing the spread of infectious diseases
    • MICE: Meeting, Incentive travel, Convention, and Exhibition (a large space where all these events can be held)
  • Improve workers’ wages by increasing prices in the food-service industry (good service should be compensated accordingly)
  1. Ice age generation (around 40 years old), stand up (admin reform)
  • Will receive a salary as governor and work for the people (others say they will not receive pay)
  • Make decisions after listening to experts & voices from the field 
  • Support citizens’ social activities by utilizing IT

First Impressions

  • Really focuses on using IT
  • Doesn’t address how he intends to deal with current issues (ex. second wave of COVID-19 cases/employment)

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