LDP-Backed Candidate Wins Hokkaido Governor Race

Politics

Tokyo, April 8 (Jiji Press)--A candidate backed by the Liberal Democratic Party won Sunday's gubernatorial election in Hokkaido, part of the first round of Japan's quadrennial unified local elections.

The candidate, Naomichi Suzuki, a 38-year-old former mayor of Yubari, a Hokkaido city, defeated former House of Representatives lawmaker Tomohiro Ishikawa, 45. He was a uniform candidate of five opposition parties including the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan.

Suzuki will be the youngest among the current governors in Japan.

But in Osaka, LDP-backed candidates were defeated by Osaka Ishin no Kai's candidates in the gubernatorial and mayoral elections, in which the key issue was whether to reorganize the city of Osaka into special districts as proposed by the regional party.

On Sunday, Japan had gubernatorial elections in 11 prefectures, mayoral elections in six ordinance-designated big cities and assembly elections in 41 prefectures and 17 ordinance-designated cities.

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