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2017 October 11 - 17 [POLITICS]

United opposition candidate beats LDP incumbent in Tsuruoa mayoral race

October 17, 2017
In a precedent-setting victory, a united opposition candidate on October 15 won in the Tsuruoka City mayoral election in Yamagata Prefecture, defeating a Liberal Democratic Party-backed incumbent.

Before the election, Minagawa Osamu who is in his early 40s and a former official of the agriculture ministry, agreed with the local Japanese Communist Party to defend citizens’ interests and support the principle of Article 9 of the Constitution and successfully built a joint struggle between the JCP and the Democratic Party. As a result, he beat the 68-year-old LDP rival in his first challenge in the mayoral race.

Past related article:
> Citizens-opposition candidate defeats LDP-backed rival in Tokyo’s city mayoral race [October 3, 2017]
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