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Races for this year’s nationwide series of local elections kicked off with the start of official campaigns last week for gubernatorial elections in 10 prefectures on April 12 — the same day that local assembly seats in 41 prefectures and 22 major cities will also be contested.

Mayoral elections in more than 200 municipalities as well as assembly races in nearly 700 cities, towns and villages will be held on April 26.

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