Uchibori Easily Wins 2nd Term as Fukushima Governor

Politics

Fukushima, Oct. 28 (Jiji Press)--Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori won a second four-year term as head of the northeastern Japan prefecture, overwhelming his three competitors in an election held on Sunday.

Uchibori, 54, who ran in the gubernatorial election as an independent, garnered 650,982 votes.

Of the other three candidates, Kazushi Machida, 42, head of the Fukushima chapter of the Japanese Communist Party, had 35,029 votes, and Sho Takahashi, 30, president of an information technology company, 17,159 votes, while 10,259 votes went to Jun Kanayama, 78, who runs his own business. The three also ran as independents.

Voter turnout came to 45.04 pct, down from 45.85 pct in the previous Fukushima gubernatorial election in October 2014, in which Uchibori won his first term.

Among major issues in the latest election was the reconstruction of the prefecture after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami and the subsequent accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

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