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Ex-DP rising star Yamao overcomes scandal allegations to win re-election

Shiori Yamao smiles while holding flowers in the city of Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture, after her expected victory was projected, on Oct. 23, 2017. (Mainichi)

Former Democratic Party legislator Shiori Yamao, who quit the party after a weekly magazine had reported on allegations of her extramarital affair with a married man, was re-elected to the House of Representatives on Oct. 22.

Yamao, 43, ran as an independent in the No. 7 single-seat constituency in Aichi Prefecture and recorded her third election triumph against Liberal Democratic Party legislator Junji Suzuki, 59. It was the fourth matchup between the pair and was a head-to-head race. When a report of her projected victory came through to her office in the city of Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture, her supporters and staff broke into thunderous applause and yelled her name.

A smiling Yamao threw her arms in the air and touched her heart. "While explaining (about the magazine report), I determinately showed my conviction as a politician regarding the consumption tax hike and amendment to Article 9 of the Constitution and gained trust. In my third term, I want to meet such expectations," she said.

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