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Former internal affairs ministry bureaucrat Seiji Hamada, a candidate supported by the ruling bloc, on Sunday defeated a rival backed by four opposition parties in the Kochi gubernatorial election to succeed the three-term incumbent.

Hamada, 56, beat fellow newcomer Kenji Matsumoto, 35, a Japanese Communist Party member who was also backed by the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, the Democratic Party for the People and the Social Democratic Party.

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