Ex-Mayor Reelected after Quitting over Verbal Abuse

Politics

Akashi, Hyogo Pref., March 17 (Jiji Press)--Fusaho Izumi, who quit as mayor of the western Japan city of Akashi last month over his verbal abuse, was reelected to the post on Sunday.

Izumi, 55, who ran in the mayoral election as an independent, beat his two rivals--independent Hiroto Kitaguchi, 53, who served as mayor of the Hyogo Prefecture city before Izumi and is a former member of the Hyogo prefectural assembly, and Michiyo Shinmachi, 71, a former Hyogo assembly member, who ran as an official candidate of the Japanese Communist Party.

Izumi garnered 80,795 votes, against 26,580 votes for Kitaguchi and 7,321 votes for Shinmachi.

Voter turnout stood at 46.84 pct, up from 45.50 pct in the previous Akashi mayoral election in April 2015.

Under the public offices election law, the new term of office of Izumi runs until April 30, when his pervious term was due to end, requiring a fresh mayoral election to be held, on April 21, as part of a series of local polls taking place across the nation.

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