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An Upper House vote in Hiroshima on April 25, one of three by-elections taking place that day, has turned into a crucial race for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and the ruling coalition.

A vote-buying scandal that forced the resignation of the previous representative, Anri Kawai, has rocked the local political establishment and sparked voter anger, putting the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito on the defensive and giving the opposition hopes of victory.

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