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07/06/2012

Hino: Mayor Fujisawa was reelected

Hino's mayorial election was held on July 1, and the incumbent mayor Naohiro Fujisawa won a victory over the independent candidate Seiichiro Horie, a former town assembly member.

The election was fought over the incumbent mayor's policies including administrative reforms and stimulus projects to revitalize the aging town. The 56-year-old mayor underscored his achievement in the past 8 years, referring to the provision of school meals at Hino Junior High School as well as the act of fiscal reconstruction.

The 61-year-old rival candidate Horie, largely supported by several political parties such as Liberal Democratic Party and the Komeito, was unable to win the stiff election battle, being too late to utilize his political resources due to his late decision to run for the town's highest seat - the decision was made only two weeks before the election day. 

(Kyoto Shimbun, July 2, 2012)

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