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Iwate Gov. Tasso elected to 4th term

Jiji Press MORIOKA (Jiji Press) — Takuya Tasso was elected to a fourth four-year term as governor of Iwate Prefecture on Sunday, beating a sole opponent backed by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

Tasso, a 55-year-old independent, was supported by four opposition parties — the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, the Democratic Party for the People, the Japanese Communist Party and the Social Democratic Party.

Tasso collected 402,803 votes against 155,504 for Atsushi Oikawa, a 52-year-old former prefectural assembly member. Voter turnout was a record low of 53.46 percent.

It was the first gubernatorial election in Iwate in eight years, after Tasso was re-elected without contest in 2015.

Tasso’s victory over a candidate supported by the ruling camp, following a similar result in the gubernatorial election in Saitama Prefecture in August, is expected to give added impetus to cooperation among major opposition parties in the run-up to a by-election in Saitama in October.

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