Tokyo Gubernatorial Election 2020: Candidate Profile for Teruki Goto

This is the 12th 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.

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 Teruki Goto and his policies.


Name/Age: Teruki Goto/33 years old

Occupation: Self-employed

Political Party: Independent (Trans-humanist Party – unofficial)

Official WebsiteTwitter

Goto’s election poster (dressed up as an anime character) broke the Internet last week.

This week, his “wild,” half-naked display on a TV election broadcast led to controversy over freedom of speech. Some said he violated every TV standard/ethical code, while others praised him for taking it that far (was sort of like a rant).

In Japanese

2020 Policies

From the official campaign bulletin introducing each candidate. I took out some of the unrealistic, bizarre policies.

COVID-19 Response

  • Use budget on creating a vaccine, isolating patients, and reinforcing the healthcare system
  • Make the use of masks outdoor mandatory
  • Ban excessive self-restraint (stay at home)
  • Nominate Moriyo Kimura to be the vice-governor of the COVID-19 response 
  • Use Sweden’s response + Estonia’s digitalization process as examples


  • Ban use of cash
  • Install vertical seats (stand-up seats) to make flights cheaper (Tokyo~Osaka would be 1000 yen)
  • Provide 10,000 yen cosmetic treatment coupons every month 
  • Issue the digital “Tokyo yen” & provide each citizen 20,000 yen a month tax-free (more or less money depending on income/AI scores trustworthiness)


  • Conduct surveillance of defamation through the use of AI 
  • Change prices + limit passengers to prevent overcrowding trains
  • Oppose penalizing illegal downloads
  • Legalize cannabis 
  • Reconstruct Edo castle
  • Legalize polygamy
  • Create an airport at the Umihotaru Parking Area (highway rest stop that sits on top of a sea)
  • Create a theme park promoting anime, manga, and superheroes where Haneda Airport previously was (assuming that Tokyo’s airport would be moved to Umihotaru)
  • Legalize euthanasia
  • Legalize designer babies (genetically modified babies)
  • Make the NHK (Japan Broadcast Corp.) a state-run patriotic broadcasting station (no more subscription fees) 
  • Use microchips or biometric scans to replace IDs, keys, and wallets

Administrative Reform

  • Nominate AI to be vice-governor + aim to implement self-driving in the near future
  • Abolish pensions, unemployment insurance, and social benefits/public assistance
  • Digitize public services (paperless/hanko, stamp-less)
  • Centralize the Individual Number, biometrics, bank accounts, personal info, drivers license, and other personal data 

First Impressions

  • Can’t really take him seriously 
  • His election broadcast broke the Internet (it was controversial)
  • There’s so much to be said about the policies—it’s beyond whether the policies are realistically attainable or not

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