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Hawkish former Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara, the supreme adviser to Jisedai no To (Party for Future Generations), on Tuesday officially put an end to his nearly 50-year political career after losing his Diet seat in Sunday’s Lower House election.

“I have no regrets. I feel relieved,” Ishihara said during a news conference at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo, adding that he hopes to now devote his time to supporting young contemporary artists.

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