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Incumbent Haruo Kataoka, who is in favor of a preliminary survey for hosting a long-term underground nuclear waste storage facility, was re-elected as mayor of a seaside town in western Hokkaido, defeating a candidate opposed to the installation.

Kataoka, 72, won against Yoshiki Echizenya, 70, who had said he would cancel the application if elected, derailing the process. Voter turnout was 84.07%, reflecting the high voter interest. Kataoka garnered 1,135 votes against 900 votes for Echizenya.

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