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Why Takanori Nishikawa is being touted as a candidate for governor of Shiga Prefecture

All-out coverage of the entertainment industry: "The state of emergency is still in effect" - A storm of praise from the local community for the painful decision to cancel the event

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Nishikawa took the stage to greet the audience at a children’s movie. Nishikawa bows to the fans waiting in the parking lot and gets into a courtesy car.

In the evening of late August, a man in a well-cut suit appeared in the underground parking lot of a movie theater in Toyosu (Koto-ku). It was Takanori Nishikawa, 50, of T.M.Revolution fame. He was on his way home after giving a speech at a movie theater. The day before, Nishikawa had announced the cancellation of the Inazuma Rock Festival, a music event he had planned to hold in his hometown in Shiga Prefecture. The decision was met with praise from the crowd.

“Recently, there have been calls for ‘Mr. Nishikawa to be the governor of Shiga Prefecture! There have even been calls for ‘Mr. Nishikawa as governor of Shiga Prefecture! The local people are very serious. The local people are seriously hoping for the birth of Governor Nishikawa.

Nishikawa’s “political debut” is not a far-fetched idea.

Nishikawa’s “political debut” is not so far-fetched. In addition, he has established political connections by serving as an advisor to the anti-piracy project supported by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. There are people who will support him, so if he runs for office, it’s possible he will be elected.

What about the man himself? What about him?

“A music industry insider says, “When his co-stars tease him on a variety show, asking if he’s aiming to be governor of Shiga Prefecture, he responds in no uncertain terms, but it’s just one of his tricks to get a laugh.

There is no doubt that he is a star that his hometown is proud of.

From “FRIDAY” October 1, 2021 issue

  • Photographed by Ippei Hara

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