Ishihara, Shintaro

    Former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara

    Company: Tokyo

    Family Name: Ishihara

    Given Name: Shintaro

    Party: Independent

    Role: Former Governor of Tokyo

    IR Stance: Advocate

    Profile: One of Japan’s best-known rightwing politicians, the height of Ishihara’s career was his tenure as governor of Tokyo from 1999-2012. In the early years of his governorship, Ishihara effectively launched the casino legalization movement in Japan with his proposal to build a casino along the Tokyo waterfront. His efforts to get national politicians to act on his initiative, however, did not produce any rapid success.

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