• Kyodo, JIJI

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Ishikawa Gov. Masanori Tanimoto was handily re-elected to a seventh term Sunday by besting sole challenger Emi Kokura in a race that set a record low for turnout and made him the nation’s longest-serving governor.

“Winning seven terms was not my goal as governor,” Tanimoto said after victory was declared. “I’ve faced the judgment of the residents of the prefecture every four years.”

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