Sadly, the other side of the story is that Ishihara is quitting so that he can try and influence the national government to be more nationalist and hate-driven too - he laced his announcement speech with racist terms for Koreans and Chinese. He's joining forces with the nationalist governor of Osaka to try and be a power-broker on the national stage, with the next round of elections likely to produce a splintered parliament. With the current government unpopular (as usual) and the Liberal Democrats now under the leadership of one of their more xenophobic titans, Abe Shinzo, there's a good chance the next government of Japan is going to be led by the nationalist wing of the LibDem's propped up by even more nationalist smaller parties.
On a happier note, here's a few pics of Inokashira Park near Kichijoji, a 10-minute walk from my house. I posted some shots of Inokashira during Sakura season during my last trip. Also, one pic of a building I stumbled on in Shibuya which I swear is one of the Gates of Mordor. Also – we had a 5.5 quake yesterday in Ibaraki, but I didn’t even feel it so I guess that means I’m getting used to the place.