Ex-Governor Wins Saitama Upper House By-Election

Politics

Saitama, Oct. 27 (Jiji Press)--Former Saitama Governor Kiyoshi Ueda won a House of Councillors by-election in the prefecture north of Tokyo on Sunday, defeating the head of a single-issue party critical of public broadcaster Japan Broadcasting Corp., or NHK, in a one-on-one contest.

As the ruling Liberal Democratic Party stopped short of fielding its own candidate, the by-election did not amount to a ruling-opposition confrontation. The impact of the election results on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's handling of the government is likely to be limited.

The by-election, the first parliamentary poll since the triennial Upper House election in July, was held to fill the vacancy left by Motohiro Ono, who was elected Saitama governor in August.

Voter turnout stood at 20.81 pct, 25.67 percentage points lower than that for the Saitama constituency in the Upper House election and the fourth lowest for an Upper House by-election.

Ueda, a 71-year-old independent, beat Takashi Tachibana, 52, chief of NHK kara Kokumin wo Mamoru To (party to protect the people from NHK).

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