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Ichita Yamamoto, a former House of Councilors member supported by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition, won a gubernatorial election in Gunma Prefecture on Sunday.

Yamamoto, who served as Upper House member of the Liberal Democratic Party for 24 years and also as state minister for Okinawa and Northern Territories affairs, beat Japanese Communist Party candidate Kiyoto Ishida.

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