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2008 April 9 - 15 [JCP]

All 23 JCP candidates elected in 10 local assembly elections

April 15, 2008
All 23 Japanese Communist Party candidates won in regular local assembly elections in nine cities and one town on April 13 despite the fact that the number of assembly seats had been reduced in eight of the nine local assemblies.

In Kagoshima City, the JCP called for free medical services for children up to 12 years old, and all three JCP candidates secured their seats in the city assembly. Its vote-getting strength increased 13.5 percent from the previous election.

In Gero City in Gifu Prefecture, two JCP candidates were elected with the highest number of votes, one in a two-seat district and the other in a four-seat district. In addition, two other JCP candidates were elected uncontested. The number of JCP seats increased to four from the previous three. The JCP representatives now account for 19.05 percent of the city assembly seats, up 7.51 points.

In Sado City in Niigata Prefecture, amid cutbacks in resident services due to a municipal merger four years ago, the JCP during the campaign called for improvement of welfare services, and won two seats, up one from the previous election. The JCP now occupies 7.14 percent of the city assembly seats, up 5.47 points.

The JCP in Omaezaki City in Shizuoka Prefecture won a seat, increasing the number of votes obtained by 42 percent.

In Futtsu City in Chiba Prefecture, the JCP also won a seat by increasing its vote by 25.6 percent.
- Akahata, April 15, 2008
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