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Oishi wins Nagasaki gubernatorial race, becoming youngest governor in Japan 

  • February 21, 2022
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Asahi reported on Tuesday that Oishi Kengo, a 39-year-old physician, beat both the incumbent Governor Nakamura, who was seeking his fourth term, and another rookie candidate, Miyazawa Yoshihiko, who runs a food consulting firm, in the Nagasaki gubernatorial election on Sunday and became the youngest governor in Japan. Voter turnout was 47.83 %, up from 36.03% in the previous election. The paper said that for the first time in 52 years, the LDP was split over which candidate to support in a Nagasaki gubernatorial election. According to the daily, the LDP prefectural chapter, which had backed Governor Nakamura for his last three terms, was dissatisfied with his policies and management and decided to back Oishi. But Diet members in the LDP prefectural chapter and half of its prefectural assembly members wanted Nakamura to be re-elected again. All other papers carried similar stories on Monday or Tuesday. 

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