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Ruling, Opposition Candidates Head-to-Head in Hiroshima

Ruling, Opposition Candidates Head-to-Head in Hiroshima

   Tokyo, April 19 (Jiji Press)--Ruling and opposition candidates are believed to be in a tight race for a House of Councillors seat in Hiroshima Prefecture, ahead of Sunday's vote in the western Japan prefecture.
   Elsewhere, candidates put up by the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan are seen leading in an Upper House by-election in the central prefecture of Nagano and a by-election for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, in the northern prefecture of Hokkaido. The by-elections are also set for Sunday.
   The Hiroshima poll follows the cancellation of the 2019 election of Anri Kawai, a then member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, from the prefecture to the Upper House after she was convicted of violating the public offices election law over her election.
   In the current Hiroshima race, Haruko Miyaguchi, supported by the CDP and other opposition parties, is running against Hidenori Nishita, on the LDP ticket.
   "We could easily win (in Hiroshima) under ordinary circumstances, but this time is really tough," LDP policy chief Hakubun Shimomura said in a speech in Hiroshima on Sunday. Of the prefecture's seven Lower House constituencies, five are currently represented by LDP lawmakers.

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