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2017 September 20 - 26 [POLITICS]

JCP-backed candidate reelected to Sakai City mayor in Osaka

September 25, 2017
In the Sakai City mayoral election in Osaka on September 24, incumbent Takeyama Osami again won in the fierce battle against an “Osaka Ishin no Kai” candidate and secured his third term in office.

A major election issue was whether to accept or refuse the Osaka Ishin no Kai’s “Osaka metropolitan” plan which divides up the existing city.

An organization consisting of a broad range of citizens’ groups and the local Japanese Communist Party members voluntarily supported Takeyama for resisting the Osaka metropolis scheme and preventing an Osaka Ishin no Kai-controlled administration.

Cooperation transcending political parties, organizations, and individuals greatly increased under the slogan of “Protect Sakai! Protect our living and well-being!”

On the other hand, the Osaka Ishin no Kai in the election campaign focused only on engaging in anti-communist attacks and a negative campaign against the progressive-conservative joint struggles, provoking antipathy from many voters.

Past related articles:
> JCP, LDP, DPJ jointly call for voting ‘No’ on Osaka split-up ballot [May 11, 2015]
> JCP Osaka seeks to build civil cooperation to break through Hashimoto’s policies [February 15, 2014]
> Japan Restoration Party candidate defeated in Sakai mayoral election [September 30 & October 1, 2013]
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