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Former Miyazaki Gov. Hideo Higashikokubaru ended months of speculation by formally announcing Tuesday his intention to run as an independent for governor of Tokyo in the April 10 election, promising to devote his energies to revitalizing Japan and decentralizing power.

“I want to change the structure of Japan from Tokyo,” Higashikokubaru told a news conference. “I want to achieve decentralization of power to local governments from the metropolitan area.”

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