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Opposition candidate's assured victory in Akita a possible blow to missile defense plan

Shizuka Terata (Mainichi)

AKITA -- An independent supported jointly by key opposition parties is assured to win a seat in Akita Prefecture in the July 21 House of Councillors election, possibly dealing a serious blow to the central government's plan to deploy a land-based missile defense system in the northwestern prefecture.

    Shizuka Terata, 44, is set to defeat ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) incumbent Matsuji Nakaizumi, 40, and Ryuji Ishioka, 45, a candidate fielded by the political group "NHK Kara Kokumin o Mamoru-to" ("Party to protect the people from public broadcaster NHK)." Terata is set to be the first ever female upper house member elected in Akita Prefecture.

    This will also be the first time in 12 years that an anti-LDP candidate has won a seat in the Akita Prefecture constituency of the upper house.


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