Did the Governor of Tokyo Accidentally Divulge His Retirement?

Did the Governor of Tokyo Accidentally Divulge His Retirement?
Yomiuri Shimbun: 「私はやめるから」石原知事うっかり口滑る?
Staff Report, March 5, 2011

Tokyo Governor Shintarō Ishihara (age 78), who has not yet announced whether he will run for reelection on April 10, said “since I’m retiring next year” during his remarks at a youth art exhibition. [In the Japanese academic and fiscal calendar, this year ends March 31, and next year begins April 1.]

We have since discovered that Mr. Ishihara has already informed the Liberal Democratic Party that he will not campaign for reelection, but he has steadfastly avoided public announcements with phrases like “I can’t even tell the Emperor what my plans are.” City hall members attending the event wore shocked expressions and said, “it was a slip of the tongue.”

The statement was made during the opening ceremony of the Wonderseed 2011 exhibition. Mr. Ishihara, who is one of the judges, said after encouraging the young artists, “Since I’m retiring next year, I’m not sure I’ll get to be a judge here next year.” Afterward, the press corps asked him if he was planning not to run for reelection, to which he replied, “I will make a formal announcement on the 11th.” That is the closing day for the Metropolitan Assembly, so he is now expected to formally announce his retirement there.

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Original Under the Fold.

「私はやめるから」石原知事うっかり口滑る?

 4月10日に投開票される東京都知事選で、進退を明言していない石原慎太郎知事(78)が4日、若手芸術家による作品展のあいさつで、「私は来年もうやめるから」などと発言した。

 すでに不出馬の意向を自民党側に伝えたことが明らかになっているが、公の場では「天皇陛下に聞かれても言えない」などと明言を避けてきただけに、現場にいた都庁関係者は「うっかり口が滑ったのでは」と驚きの表情を浮かべた。

 発言があったのは、5日から始まる作品展「ワンダーシード2011」のオープニングセレモニーの席上。審査員でもある石原知事があいさつの中で、出席する若手作家に激励の言葉を贈った後、「私は来年からもうやめるから。ま、審査員に残しておいてくれるかな」と話した。その後、不出馬表明かどうかとの報道陣の問いに対し、石原知事は「11日にちゃんと言いますから」とも話し、都議会最終日で不出馬を正式表明する方針には変わりがないとみられる。
(2011年3月5日03時04分 読売新聞)

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