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.