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At the end of the year, Shigemi Maruyama had made his decision. The 74-year-old, a member of the Fuchu Municipal Assembly in Hiroshima Prefecture, would not run for re-election on April 24.

“My health is fine now, but I’m not sure if I can make it through the next four years,” he said. “If I have to quit in the middle of my term, that will cause trouble for the community and my family.”

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