Asahi claimed that based on its public opinion poll and a field survey conducted over the weekend in Yokohama, former Chairperson of the National Public Safety Commission Okonogi Hachiro is commanding a slight lead over the seven other candidates in the campaign for the mayoral election to be held on Aug. 22. However, former college professor Yamanaka Takeharu, backed by the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and other opposition parties, and incumbent Mayor Hayashi Fumiko are hot on his heels. Unaffiliated voters are reportedly equally split among the three candidates. With regard to the mayor’s bid to host a casino, a major campaign issue, only 20% of local voters were in favor of the idea, while 60% were opposed to it. Some 40% of those opposed to the idea said they would vote for Okonogi, who is supported by Prime Minister Suga, while 30% said Yamanaka is their favorite. About half of those who say they support the Suga cabinet, approximately 30% of the electorate, said they would vote for Okonogi.