In a first local test for the newly formed Osaka Ishin no Kai national political party, a mayoral candidate in Kyoto on Tuesday won the support of Kyoto Ishin no Kai, a small group that aims to secure the backing of Osaka Ishin.

The Feb. 7 mayoral election pits incumbent Daisaku Kadokawa, 65, against three other candidates, including Shoei Murayama, 37, who heads the small Kyoto Party. Kyoto Ishin and the Kyoto Party control five seats in the 67-seat city assembly.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.