Who'd Want To Be Mayor Of Tokyo Anyway?

Tokyo's in big trouble, but lots of candidates want to run it

Picture this bleak urban scene: A city of nearly 12 million people is on the verge of bankruptcy. Chronic traffic jams clog the streets, making a nightmare of getting from one side of town to another. Housing is so limited and expensive that the middle class has retreated to distant suburbs. Recession is swelling the ranks of the unemployed, putting more and more homeless on the streets. Sound a little like New York in the 1970s? Surprise: It's Tokyo in 1999.

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