• Kyodo


Voters in Shiga Prefecture went to the polls Sunday to elect a new governor from a ballot featuring three newcomers, and following a campaign dominated by nuclear policy and the local economy.

The three independent candidates hoping to succeed outgoing Gov. Yukiko Kada are Takashi Koyari, 47, a former Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry official, Taizo Mikazuki, 43, an ex-lawmaker of the Democratic Party of Japan, and Ikuo Tsubota, 55, a junior high school teacher.

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