(Yomiuri: April 27, 2015 – p. 1)
The second round of the 18th unified local elections took place on April 26 and votes for most wards were counted on the same day. Of the major mayoral elections in which the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the largest opposition Democratic Party of Japan squared off, the LDP-backed candidates were elected. The average voter turnout was 50.53% in the 62 mayoral races, marking a record low.
In the Oita mayoral election, the candidate backed by Komeito’s Oita chapter and recommended by the LDP, Japan Innovation Party, and the Assembly to Energize Japan, defeated a new candidate supported by the DPJ Diet members and other lawmakers.
The number of LDP-backed candidates elected in 295 municipal assembly elections this time increased by over 100 from the previous polls. (Abridged)