Opposition-Backed Candidate Wins Sendai Mayoral Poll (News)
Sendai, Miyagi Pref., July 23 (Jiji Press)—Opposition-backed former House of Representatives lawmaker Kōri Kazuko won Sunday's mayoral election in the city of Sendai, the capital of Miyagi Prefecture, dealing another blow to Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's administration.
First-time independent candidate Kōri, 60, supported by the Democratic Party and three other opposition parties, defeated company head Sugawara Hironori, 57, backed mainly by the Liberal Democratic Party and Kõmeitō.
The results followed a historic rout of the LDP in the July 2 Tokyo metropolitan assembly election.
Abe, also faced with slumping public support, will announce new cabinet and LDP executive lineups on August 3. But it is uncertain whether public support will recover.
The Sendai election drew attention because it was a head-on clash between the LDP-led coalition and the opposition side, as in the Tokyo assembly poll.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]