Ishin Keeps Top Osaka Posts in Elections


Osaka, April 8 (Jiji Press)--Osaka Ishin no Kai maintained the top posts at the Osaka prefectural and city governments in Sunday's gubernatorial and mayoral elections, defeating the Liberal Democratic Party's candidates.

Osaka Ishin's candidate, Hirofumi Yoshimura, 43, won governorship in the poll, which he joined by resigning as Osaka mayor.

The regional party's Ichiro Matsui, 55, obtained mayoralty. He had quit as governor to enter the race.

The two polls were held as part of the first round of Japan's quadrennial unified local elections. The focus was the party's so-called Osaka metropolis plan to make administrative services efficient by reorganizing the western city into special districts.

The results, meanwhile, augur ill for the LDP ahead of House of Representatives by-elections in Osaka and Okinawa prefectures April 21. In summer, Japan will also have a House of Councillors election.

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