• Kyodo


Kumamoto Gov. Ikuo Kabashima, known for his efforts to promote the prefecture through its much-loved black bear mascot Kumamon, was re-elected for a third four-year term Sunday, the local election board said.

Kabashima, 69, backed by the local chapters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Komeito, beat Seishi Koyama, a former Kumamoto mayor, and Daisuke Terauchi, a lawyer backed by a civic group affiliated with a local chapter of the Japanese Communist Party.

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