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Wife of murdered assembly member wins seat in Kisarazu city election

Fumiyo Ishikawa, holding a bouquet of flowers, rejoices with her supporters at news of her first-time victory in the Kisarazu Municipal Assembly election, in Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture. (Mainichi)

KISARAZU, Chiba -- The wife of a local assembly member who was stabbed to death last month won a seat in the city assembly election that took place here April 21.

Fumiyo Ishikawa, 64, decided to run for a seat in the Kisarazu Municipal Assembly as an independent after her husband, Norihisa Ishikawa, 71, a then-incumbent member of the assembly, was stabbed to death in their home.

Fumiyo stood before her supporters at the office where her late husband had been preparing for his upcoming election campaign in the nationwide local elections and said, "I was able to win because there were people who supported me in the short time that I had." Choking up, she continued, "I'll be able to report back to Norihisa with good news."

Norihisa Ishikawa was killed March 9 at the condo where he lived with Fumiyo. The next day, his daughter's husband, 44-year-old Shoichi Ishikawa, was arrested on suspicion of murder. Shoichi is currently in detention and undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

(Japanese original by Kenichi Katono, Kisarazu Local Bureau)

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