The governors of Hokkaido and Oita won re-election to a fourth term Sunday as the first wave of the quadrennial unified elections produced victories for the Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito ruling bloc.

In Hokkaido, Gov. Harumi Takahashi, 61, ran as an independent and beat rival independent Noriyuki Sato, 65, a former television anchor backed by the Democratic Party of Japan and other opposition parties.

In Oita, Gov. Katsusada Hirose, 72, running as an independent, defeated Ban Kugimiya, 67, another independent and a former mayor of Oita who was effectively backed by the DPJ.