"Kaparu" Wins Yuru-Kyara Grand Prix, Beating Organized Vote-Backed Rivals


Osaka, Nov. 18 (Jiji Press)--"Kaparu" from the city of Shiki, Saitama Prefecture, won the 2018 Yuru-kyara (soft character) Grand Prix title in the regional division on Sunday.

Having a motif of mythical creature "kappa," the mascot of the city's public corporation to promote culture and sports garnered 889,346 votes to beat two municipal mascots that were supported by organized votes in the poll, whose results were announced at Hanazono Central Park in Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture.

It has come to light that the first runner-up, "Ja-Bo" of the city of Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture, and the third pick, "Konyudo-kun" of the city of Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, were voted for by municipal workers and others many times using a huge number of multiple voting IDs. Ja-Bo earned 843,682 votes and Konyudo-kun 807,592 votes.

Yokkaichi's mascot came first in a preliminary tally, after the municipal government distributed over 10,000 IDs to its 4,000 workers. But after stopping accepting ballots, the event organizing committee deleted what appeared to be organized votes and announced the final results.

Yokkaichi Mayor Tomohiro Mori told reporters that the surviving 800,000 ballots were stuffed with citizens' wish for the victory of Konyudo-kun.

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