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Nobuaki Hanaoka, a former Sankei Shimbun editorial writer, said Wednesday that he has dropped plans to run in the Nagano gubernatorial election in September.

Hanaoka told reporters at the prefectural office that he decided instead to throw his support behind candidate Keiko Hasegawa, a 50-year-old lawyer, to give her a better chance against former Nagano Gov. Yasuo Tanaka.

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