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LDP loses Upper House by-election

An election campaign staff member holds leaflets of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party with cover photos of Japan's Prime Minister and the party's president Fumio Kishida, as he distributes these to voters during an election campaign on the first day of campaigning for the upcoming lower house election in Tokyo, Japan, October 19, 2021. (Reuters)
An election campaign staff member holds leaflets of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party with cover photos of Japan's Prime Minister and the party's president Fumio Kishida, as he distributes these to voters during an election campaign on the first day of campaigning for the upcoming lower house election in Tokyo, Japan, October 19, 2021. (Reuters)
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25 Oct 2021 12:10:52 GMT9
25 Oct 2021 12:10:52 GMT9
  • Defeat deals blow to Prime Minister and LDP President Fumio

TOKYO: Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party lost a by-election in Shizuoka Prefecture for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of parliament, on Sunday, dealing a blow to Prime Minister and LDP President KISHIDA Fumio.

The poll is one of the two Upper House by-elections held on Sunday as the first parliamentary polls since Kishida took office early this month. An LDP candidate won the other race in Yamaguchi Prefecture.

The by-elections were drawing keen attention ahead of an election for the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of parliament, set for Oct. 31.

In the central prefecture of Shizuoka, Shinosuke Yamazaki, a 40-year-old independent backed by two opposition parties, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Democratic Party for the People, defeated two contenders, including an LDP candidate.

The Shizuoka by-election was held to fill the vacancy left after an LDP member stepped down to run for the governorship of the prefecture.

In the western prefecture of Yamaguchi, Tsuneo Kitamura, a 66-year-old former Upper House member from the LDP who is supported by Komeito, the party’s coalition partner, defeated two other candidates.

The Yamaguchi by-election took place after an LDP member left the Upper House to switch to the Lower House.

JIJI Press

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