• Compiled From Kyodo, Staff Report


For the popular opponents who attempted to unseat Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara in Sunday’s gubernatorial poll, the incumbent’s well-trained support base proved too strong to bring down.

Among Ishihara’s contenders were 53-year-old former Miyazaki Gov. Hideo Higashikokubaru, a comedian-turned politician, and Miki Watanabe, 51, the iconic entrepreneur who founded the Watami pub chain.

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