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The Democratic Party of Japan won two Upper House by-elections Sunday, the first national-level races since Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama took office last month, according to Kyodo projections.

In Kanagawa Prefecture, economist Yoichi Kaneko, 47, of the DPJ defeated Hiroko Tsunoda, a former Yokohama Municipal Assembly member of the Liberal Democratic Party, Masahiko Okada of the Japanese Communist Party and Bunko Kato of the Happiness Realization Party.

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