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LDP candidate wins the Ishigaki mayoral election

Date Posted: 2010-03-04

Chosho Ohama was trying for a fifth term as the city’s mayor, but Ishigaki City citizens voted him out of office in Sunday’s mayoral election.

A 42-year-old political newcomer, Yoshitaka Nakayama, soundly defeated Ohama in an election that saw a 77.42% voter turnout, up 11.54% from the last election. Disgruntled citizens voted Nakayama in with 16,421 votes compared with Ohama’s 11,407. Ohama had been supported by the Democratic Party of Japan, the Socialist Party and the Communist Party.

Nakayama was supported by the Liberal Democratic Party, the party that fell from nationwide power last August. His youth, coupled with his campaign style of riding on a bicycle, and residents’ uneasiness with DPJ political style, were attributed to his win. On top of that, voters rejected Ohama’s “No more American military bases and no more LDP political power” campaign platforms, an oddity of sorts because there are no U.S. bases even on Ishigaki island. Nakayama attacked Ohama repeatedly about his job performance, his economic policies,, and his frequent entertainment spending.

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