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Concerns over losing power grew in the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and the New Komeito party after its candidate succumbed to an opposition rival in the Chiba mayoral election Sunday.

“It’s a very stinging defeat,” a lawmaker who served as a Cabinet minister said, referring to the mayoral race in which Toshihito Kumagai, 31, supported by the Democratic Party of Japan and the Social Democratic Party, beat the ruling parties-backed Kojiro Hayashi, 63.

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