Osaka Gov. Fusae Ota is out in front of the other candidates ahead of next Sunday’s gubernatorial election, according to a Kyodo News survey conducted over the weekend.

Former House of Councilors member and professional baseball player Takenori Emoto, 56, and Japanese Communist Party-backed lawyer Shoji Umeda, 53, were trailing Ota, 52, but nearly 40 percent of respondents said they were undecided, according to the survey. The two other candidates are running as independents.

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