Photo/IllutrationTokyo Governor Yuriko Koike on Oct. 6 explains the campaign platform of her Kibo no To (Party of hope). (Yuki Shibata)

Eradicating hay fever and eliminating secondhand smoke are among the campaign pledges of Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s Kibo no To (Party of hope) to improve the lives of Japanese.

Other expected pledges, including freezing a scheduled consumption tax hike, phasing out nuclear power and pushing constitutional revision, were listed in the party’s platform and policy manifesto announced on Oct. 6.

Koike took a page out of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy playbook by referring to her party’s package of economic measures as “Yurinomics.”

One of the nine main pillars of the platform outlines economic measures for a “post-Abenomics” world.

“We have included drastic measures in our platform with the feeling of challenging various taboos that other parties cannot even talk about,” Koike said.

In addition to the nine pillars, Kibo no To announced a slogan of “12 zeros” that it says will open a path to a hopeful future.

Among the phenomena to be reduced to “zero” are concealing information, secondhand smoke and cedar and cypress pollen, which causes hay fever misery for thousands of residents every year.

In explaining the platform, Koike criticized Abe’s insistence that the consumption tax rate would be raised from the current 8 percent to 10 percent in October 2019.

“Personal consumption has not recovered because there is no sense of an economic upturn,” Koike said. “I question the wisdom of raising the tax rate as scheduled.”

She outlined other steps to rebuild the nation’s fiscal condition in place of a higher tax rate, including cutting expenditures for public works projects and selling off state-owned assets.

Kibo no To’s platform sets a 2030 deadline for shutting down all nuclear power plants. The party will also seek a constitutional amendment that bans nuclear plants.

Koike showed her conservative colors by stressing the importance of pushing forward Diet discussions on revising the pacifist Constitution.

“We will squarely face the Constitution itself and call for discussions in the Diet’s Constitution commissions,” she said. “We will fulfill the role of creating strong momentum toward constitutional revision.”

She also said that the Yurinomics package of economic measures would incorporate ordinary people’s feelings into macroeconomic policy. For example, she said, her party would implement a basic income program that would increase disposable income for those in lower income brackets.

Other measures being considered are taxing internal reserves held by corporations, lowering the financial burden for education and housing, and eliminating government-affiliated financial institutions and investment funds created through cooperative efforts by the public and private sectors.

On the issue of relocating the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within Okinawa Prefecture, Koike said she supports the government’s plan to move it to the Henoko district of Nago.