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An independent newcomer won the Fukushima mayoral election Sunday, defeating the incumbent in a sign of public discontent over the local government’s reconstruction efforts from the nuclear crisis at a Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

Kaoru Kobayashi, 54, a former head of the Tohoku regional office of the Environment Ministry, defeated incumbent Takanori Seto, 66, and Yutaka Yamada, a 58-year-old backed by the Japanese Communist Party, by a large margin.

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