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Candidates ready for House election campaign

Date Posted: 2009-06-11

Elections for Japanís House of Representatives are at most only three months away, and 15 candidates have already set up election offices, held meetings are ready to begin campaigning for the seats in four election districts.

Political veterans are lined up in the First Election District, which encompasses Naha City, Kumejima Town, and Tokashiki, Zamami, Aguni, Tonaki, South Daito and North Daito villages. Mikio Shimoji of the Kokumin-shinto party, Kounosuke Kokuba of the Liberal Democratic Party, and Hisako Hokama of the Communist Party are already registered.

In the Second Election District, Osamu Ashitomi of the Liberal Democratic Party and the Socialist Partyís Kantoku Teruya, are ready for the campaign. Included in the district are Urasoe and Ginowan Cities, Nishihara, Kadena, Chatan, Kitanakagusuku and Nakagusuku Towns, as well as Yomitan Village.

Four candidates are registered in the Third Election district, which covers Okinawa, Uruma and Nago Cities, Motobu and Kin Towns, and Kunigami, Ogimi, Higashi, Nakijin, Onna, Ginoza, Ie, Iheya, and Izena Villages. Chiken Kakazu is running for the Liberal Democratic Party, while Shuusei Arakawa represents the Socialist Party, Denny Tamaki for the Democratic Party of Japan, and Ryo Kowatari is running as an independent.

Kousaburo Nishime is running in the Fourth Election District, representing the Liberal Democratic Party. Chobin Zukeran will represent the Democratic Party of Japan. Included in the fourth district are Itoman, Nomigusuku, Nanjou, Miyakojim and Ishigakijima Cities, Haebaru, Yaese, Yonabaru, Taketomi, and Yonaguni Towns, and Tarama Village.

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