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LDP, Komeito go all-out in Yokohama mayoral election campaign

  • July 28, 2017
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The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito are making all-out efforts for the Yokohama mayoral election on July 30. It is absolutely imperative for the LDP to avert a third defeat after its debacle in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election and the Sendai mayoral election.

 

On the other hand, the Democratic Party (DP), which has decided to allow its members to vote freely, is divided in this election, failing to deal with this as another duel between the ruling bloc and the opposition.

 

The LDP and Komeito are endorsing incumbent Mayor Fumiko Hayashi. Since the Yokohama election will be followed by the House of Representatives by-elections in the third district of Ehime and in the fourth district of Aomori on Oct. 22, the two parties hope that “the Yokohama mayoral election will end the adverse trend,” according to a senior LDP official.

 

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, whose constituency is in Yokohama (second district of Kanagawa), is also throwing his support behind Hayashi. His Facebook post says: “Hayashi has proven herself with her reliable administrative capability and her ability to adopt the citizens’ viewpoint, which makes her worthy of another four-year term.”

 

One of the issues of contention in this election is Yokohama’s hosting an integrated resort (IR) with a casino. The government has just lifted the ban on casinos. Hayashi is the only candidate who is willing to “consider” an IR. An aide to the Prime Minister observes that “if Hayashi finds herself fighting an uphill battle, this will also deal a blow to the Kantei, since the lifting of the casino ban is part of its growth strategy.”

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