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Ex-sector ministry official wins Kagoshima gubernatorial election in blow to Abe | JT

Koichi Shiota, a previous sector ministry politician, won the Kagoshima gubernatorial election Sunday, pounding incumbent Satoshi Mitazono as well as 5 others.

Shiota, 54, a new prospect that ran as an independent in the southwestern Japan prefecture, stressed his ministry experience of around 30 years throughout his project that concentrated on renewing the regional economic situation.

Mitazono, 62, backed by the judgment Liberal Democratic Party as well as its jr companion Komeito, swore to enhance childcare as well as well-being for the senior however his project was influenced by the federal government’s action to a spike in the variety of coronavirus infections in the prefecture as well as fatal rainstorms that struck the Kyushu area in current weeks.

Without protecting assistance from any type of political celebration, Shiota involved in grassroots tasks to look for assistance throughout his election project, seeing tiny business as well as farmers in the prefecture one at a time.

Shiota’s promise to assist local business get rid of the coronavirus situation by using his experiences at the sector ministry attracted broad assistance. He worked as director-general of the ministry’s Kyushu Bureau of Economy, Trade as well as Industry.

Among various other challengers, previous Kagoshima Gov. Yuichiro Ito, 72, attracted assistance from the significant resistance Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan. Although he highlighted his accomplishments throughout the 3 terms in workplace, Ito was incapable to gather enough elect returning to power.

Shiota amassed 222,676 ballots, while Mitazono gathered 195,941 ballots as well as previous Kagoshima Gov. Yuichiro Ito, 72, acquired 132,732 ballots.

In the previous Kagoshima gubernatorial election, Mitazono attained a success after promising to escape from nuclear power generation. But he later on authorized the proceeded procedures of Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima as well as attracted objection over his irregular plan positions.

The emphasis of Sunday’s election got on whether Mitazono’s handling of the prefectural federal government as well as his coronavirus action actions sufficed.

The judgment coalition-backed prospect’s loss in the election gives an additional blow to the management of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which has actually been battling to stem subsiding public assistance complying with a collection of detractions.

The race, which saw a document 7 prospects, additionally consisted of Ryuko Aoki, 57, a previous TELEVISION commentator, as well as Fumiko Yokoyama, 73, a medical professional backed by the Japanese Communist Party.

Voter yield was 49.84 percent, below 56.77 percent in the previous election in 2016.