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Incumbent set for 3rd term in Kagawa gubernatorial election

Incumbent Keizo Hamada, center, celebrates his assured victory in Kagawa gubernatorial election in Takamatsu on Aug, 26, 2018. (Mainichi)

TAKAMATSU, Japan (Kyodo) -- Kagawa Gov. Keizo Hamada is set to win his third term in Sunday's election with wide support from both ruling and opposition parties, according to Kyodo News projections.

    The 66-year-old will defeat the Japanese Communist Party-backed Eiji Himeda, 62, who had criticized Hamada for placing priority on raising corporate profits and promised free medical care for children through middle school.

    Hamada was backed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party, its coalition partner Komeito, the Democratic Party for the People and the Social Democratic Party in the gubernatorial election in Kagawa, located on the western island of Shikoku.

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