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Citizens-opposition candidate defeats LDP/Komei-backed incumbent in Tokyo’s Suginami mayoral election

June 21, 2022
A joint candidate of concerned citizens and opposition parties, Kishimoto Satoko, triumphed over her incumbent rival backed by the Liberal Democratic and Komei parties in the mayoral election in Tokyo’s Suginami Ward on June 19.

Kishimoto ran for election with the support of a citizen’s organization and pro-constitutional opposition parties, including the Japanese Communist Party, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, the Social Democratic Party, and the "Reiwa Shinsengumi" party. During the election campaign, she appealed to voters for support by promising to revise the current ward government’s policy of closing facilities for children and elderly and promoting cutbacks in and privatization of public services, obtaining 76,743 votes (44.41% of the total votes).

Meanwhile, in a by-election for the Suginami Ward Assembly on the day, JCP candidate Masuda Sachie received 25,181 votes, the second highest among nine candidates who contested the one vacant seat. The winner was an LDP candidate who obtained 1,700 more votes than Masuda.

JCP Secretariat Head Koike Akira on the following day at a press conference in the Diet building said that in the mayoral race which took place just a few days before the official kick-off of campaigning for the July 10 House of Councilors election, the citizens-opposition candidate defeated the LDP/Komei-backed incumbent, which indicates public anger toward the LDP/Komei coalition government.

Furthermore, Koike noted that in the Suginami Ward Assembly by-election, the JCP candidate came very close to being elected to a vacant seat, and expressed his determination to work even harder for the victory of the JCP in the forthcoming Upper House election.

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All five JCP candidates were elected in the Tachikawa City Assembly election in Tokyo on June 19. The JCP secured its pre-election strength of five incumbent seats while the LDP decreased its number of seats from eight to six.
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