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Keiko Hasegawa, a lawyer from the city of Iida, Nagano Prefecture, on Saturday declared her candidacy for the Nagano gubernatorial race, bringing to five the number of people expected to compete for the seat left vacant by the ouster of former Gov. Yasuo Tanaka.

Hasegawa, 50, said at a press conference, “My passion is growing as I have been encouraged by people close to me.” She said she will formally announce her bid on Aug. 2.

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