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The defeat of a Shinshinto-backed candidate in the Miyagi gubernatorial race Sunday is still shaking the party, leaving its members worried about the Upper House election next summer.

Although the party’s executive council agreed Tuesday for unity and to make utmost efforts to win a seat in an Upper House left vacant by Ichiro Ichikawa, who lost the gubernatorial race Sunday, some members voiced doubts about the party’s management. “Looking back (over) the past year, the party has been losing in a series of elections, such as the Tokyo Metropolitan gubernatorial election and the Lower House election. I would like to ask management why we cannot win,” Shigefumi Matsuzawa said.

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