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Tokyo Gov. Yukio Aoshima said July 7 it came as no surprise that the Liberal Democratic Party and Japanese Communist Party emerged as winners in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election July 6.

“From last year’s general elections, it became apparent that long-established parties such as the LDP and JCP do better than new parties, and the results of this election bear that out,” Aoshima said. He said it is up to him and other political leaders to appeal to the 60 percent of the people who did not vote to participate in future elections.

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