Ruling Coalition-Backed Rookie Wins Yamanashi Governor Race
Kofu, Yamanashi Pref., Jan. 28 (Jiji Press)--Rookie Kotaro Nagasaki supported by the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito won the gubernatorial election in Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan, on Sunday.
The 50-year-old former lawmaker of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of Japan's parliament, beat incumbent Hitoshi Goto, 61, who was backed by the major opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Democratic Party for the People, and two other candidates.
Nagasaki garnered 198,047 votes, some 30,000 more than runner-up Goto.
Voter turnout stood at 57.93 pct, up 16.08 percentage points from the previous gubernatorial election in the prefecture.
The latest poll marked the first face-off between the ruling and opposition camps in 2019, an election year in Japan, where quadrennial unified local elections will be held in April followed by the triennial poll for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber, in summer.
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