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Opposition candidate wins Yokohama mayor election in blow to Suga

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But the 56-year-old only managed to secure votes from 42.7 percent of LDP supporters, according to Kyodo exit polls, a sign of growing dissatisfaction with Suga among his base. A solid chunk, 19.7 percent, went with Hayashi, who had been backed by some of the party's members in the city assembly.

The candidates mostly receiving votes from LDP supporters, Okonogi (anti-casino) and Hayashi (pro-casino), together received more overall votes than the winner Yamanaka (35% vs. 33%), so this was really the LDP splitting their vote among ideology (for/against the waterfront casino) than any great repudiation of Suga and support of Yamanaka (anti-casino), who again garnered only 33% of the vote. 

This was more about the casino, which most voters in Yokohama wisely don’t support.

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The 48-year-old Yamanaka, a former professor at Yokohama City University who has no prior experience in public office,

that alone qualifies him head and shoulders above these career politicians who’s last brush with education was learning to tie their shoe laces without help. It’s a happy Monday Morning.

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Turnout among Yokohama's more than 3 million eligible voters was 49.05 percent, up from 37.21 percent in the previous mayoral election in 2017.

Opposition-backed Takeharu Yamanaka won the Yokohama mayoral election on Sunday, defeating a ruling Liberal Democratic Party candidate in a blow to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

Make that one "...two LDP party candidates...".

Some heartwarming news to read on a Monday morning.

There were quite a few news coverages about the Yokohama election over the last month. The whole thing looked like a real mess: the LDP did not want Hayashi (who fiercely supported a casino-project) to run again for some party rules-related reason while Hayashi did not want to cave in. The LDP rolled out Okonogi (who was close to Suga and...opposed to a casino. D'uh!). Possibly the idea for the LDP was to cover both sides of the debate and trust both types of votes?

On the voters' side, pulse surveys hint that both the push for a casino (Hayashi) was opposed (and had always been from the start) and strategy to deal with the pandemic (Suga via Okonogi) were reasons for rejecting both. Ultimately, the icing on the cake being that the winner (Yamanaka) was endorsed by the opposition.

Yamanaka ended up having an easy time beating both.

https://www.nhk.or.jp/senkyo2/yokohama/17137/skh49787.html

On a side-note, the LDP has been on a losing streak under Suga's helm for nearly all of 2021's elections.

https://www.nhk.or.jp/senkyo/schedule/focus/

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I would like to believe his background on COVID studies and his criticism of the government response has an important role on Yamanaka's victory, but I am completely aware it may just be something without real weight.

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The majority of Yokohama residents opposing that casino, so that election result just another way to show that too. The party that really pushing that casino development just need to learn that.

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14423324

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Hopefully a sign of things to come and Suga’s days are numbered. Lock him up, lock him up!

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The data scientist, whose work includes analyzing vaccine efficacy on coronavirus variants, has criticized the government for ignoring calls from infectious disease experts to take stronger measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

He seems competent and not a blue blood or a toady of some éminence grise. All the best for him but not hopeful he will get far.

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Practically everyone was saying the people would be voting pro-LDP no matter what.

So unlike most posters here, the Japanese can actually change their minds

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Practically everyone was saying the people would be voting pro-LDP no matter what.

So unlike most posters here, the Japanese can actually change their minds

Only because it is a local election. When national elections comes around and the big political family names comes on, expect a complete landslide in favor of LDP. LDP will likely get at least 66% of the seats in the coming election, they only need 30% of the votes to get it.

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happy to kick out ldp dinosaurs! it can not be worst than them.

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Only because it is a local election. 

Lol

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Opposition candidate wins Yokohama mayor election in blow to Suga

Good.

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There is a light at the end of the black tunnel.

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Why do they such angrily oppose casino, the only small chance for all average and normal people and low paid workers to become a little bit richer and more independent? Did they suddenly invent a globally sought new technology or something else outstanding or find a way to extraordinarily bring up the economy in Yokohama? I don’t think so. But ok, staying poor the whole short Karoshi near life is a valid option or choice too, no doubt. And that one always works. lol

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Only because it is a local election.

Why?

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Comparatively young candidate, evidently highly educated, with actual expertise on Covid?

Wait for him to get the Horiemon treatment. Maybe they'll suddenly discover signs of "misconduct" or ten million yen in a bank account somewhere and he'll end up on the wrong side of the justice system.

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Suga is toast now, he will be forced to step aside and some other idiot in the LDP will run for leader role.

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Wait for him to get the Horiemon treatment. Maybe they'll suddenly discover signs of "misconduct" or ten million yen in a bank account somewhere and he'll end up on the wrong side of the justice system.

Yep, I'd say within 2 years he will be put in prison. Can just force a confession, don't need any evidence.

Only because it is a local election.

Why?

National candidates have stronger heritage to draw votes, especially with family background. Also LDP needs only 20%-30% of votes to win in national elections. Even if LDP wins only 10% of the national vote, LDP will still keep majority. National elections pretty much is just looking at whether the LDP gets 90% of the seats or 60% of the seats.

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Yokohama is the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture, the second-most populous city in the country after Tokyo and home to the constituency of Suga's seat in the House of Representatives.

Wouldn't it be nice to see Suga not only lose the LDP presidency (thus being Prime Minister), but also his seat in the Diet?

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Man, did you see Suga's face when Okonogi said he was against the casino? Priceless!

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Finally somethings is moving,then perhaps there is some hope to save this country from the LDP dinosaurs.

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Wouldn't it be nice to see Suga not only lose the LDP presidency (thus being Prime Minister), but also his seat in the Diet?

Be way nicer if he didn't get my tax dollars in the perpetual future, for improving my life not one iota. He doesn't have like most of them an imagination that goes beyond feeling privilege for making rules nobody follows. Go on ask them what their retirement plan is and be met with a blank no understanding stare.

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Killing the casino bid is the worst thing Yokohama could have possibly done.

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Good to know!

Get rid of the "old guard" and start with some fresh ideas!

I wish him lots of success!!

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"I failed to explain (my policies to the public) properly," Okonogi told reporters.

This is often the excuse politicians give when they or their policies fail. Maybe they did explain everything but the voters didn’t like it.

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Suga = one of the most useless PM,s ever, if not THE most....bugger off already.

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Well, Yokohama’s odds of winning one of Japan’s three integrated resort (IR) concessions lengthened greatly today.

Suga's term will expire soon like a magazine subscription.

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Here is a list of election results by Sankei (a rabid LDP supporting paper).

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/b250f31fd65ad9431ba781f36e3b50ff27f2c9f7/images/000

Not all elections are listed compared to the link to the NHK-site I provided (the Yokohama election is not the only one missing). I guess these are those that (for whatever reason) Sankei considers "key".

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The LDP are seriously disconnected from those that pay for their stupidity. Honest Abe is looking for a 3rd term comeback, not all bad my mini mask is washed out, and my premium Friday has never happened, maybe he can fix that. And at last he can urge pay rises a third time. Anybody who is labeled Honest Abe, and refuse's to actually appear in public might need to reassess his values. We the public can see a con man.

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Even though this is a local election and may be a protest vote that may not be replicated at national level, any pressure on the Suga administration is welcome. It is exactly what they deserve.

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The 48-year-old Yamanaka, a former professor at Yokohama City University who has no prior experience in public office.

He is a spring chicken in Japanese politics. Like others have said, its time for the dinos to step aside.

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"I failed to explain (my policies to the public) properly," Okonogi told reporters.

Getting trucksto drive around the streets with loudspeakers blaring out his name and women in the back waving inanely at people probably wouldn't cut it.

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Might be reading too much into this if you think the LDP is greatly affected by these developments.

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Incumbent Mayor Fumiko Hayashi, 75, who has held the job since 2009 but failed to secure a fourth term, had looked to push ahead with the plan as a way of creating jobs and boosting Yokohama's economy.

75 years old? And ran for reelection? And held the office for 12 years? ENOUGH of these types. I'm so sick and tired of Japan being dominated by incompetent elderly people. How many companies are being ran into the ground by "seniority" when many of their young, fresh employees have fantastic ideas yet can't get them heard because they're not "qualified" as they've only worked at the place for 5 years instead of 55?

This is an aspect of the culture that really needs to change. The country doesn't belong to the elderly. They had their time, they had their Bubble Economy. The country belongs to the future, and thus young people. It's time that people under 50 start having more legitimate opportunities and pathways to promotion and success if they exhibit the necessary skills and qualities.

I have spoken to so many people under 30 over the years, and the one common complaint that always comes up with respect to work is basically reverse age discrimination. They can't get promoted because they're not old/"experienced" enough. They can't get enough salary because they're not "senior" enough. They can't be taken seriously because they're not "respected" enough. Many of the same people express a desire to work at foreign companies because they feel their talents will be legitimately recognized. I've heard these types of comments from employees at blue chip enterprises and small companies alike.

The best illustration is something I witnessed over a decade ago. Three people, two of whom were under 30 (the subordinates) and the last who was over 60 (the boss). The subordinates were far more qualified for the task, and were constantly having to correct their boss or else explain basic things to him. And yet they had to constantly keep themselves in check, because it would be inexcusable to supercede the authority of the boss. Just watching that play out was bizarre and it was clear how frustrated the two subordinates were at having to deal with what was obviously a constant problem.

It's really time for this country to stop punishing the young for their age and instead allowing those who are exceptional in SPITE of their age to shine.

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The 48-year-old Yamanaka, a former professor at Yokohama City University who has no prior experience in public office, ran with the support of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan as well as the Japanese Communist Party and the Social Democratic Party.

This brings a smile on my face.

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While I wish him luck (and he will need it), I know from long experience that he won't be able to make much change. Because "he's only 48 years old, has no experience in politics and is a professor. How can he know more than us, elderly and experienced ones?". They'll just try to make things difficult for him.

But just the fact that he won against someone who is several decades older than him and the fact that he has no scandals which may drag him down, brings a smile on my face.

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Yokohama has always been anti-LDP.

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Really hoping for a change in local politics. But not getting my hopes up too much.

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The best illustration is something I witnessed over a decade ago.

I remember suggesting to my elderly "supervisor" at a staff meeting several years ago that it would make more sense on the yearly calendar for staff to return to work on a Monday, than a Friday after summer break as it would give everyone (especially foreigners) a few days more vacation time. Boy, did he flip out! (and then he went for a smoke break shortly after)

However, since making the suggestion, our calendar is more staff friendly. (oh, and the "supervisor" didn't last much longer).

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Very good news for Japan.

No casino and no LDP old men, please.

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People are becoming tired of Suga and Co? Hmm, weird?

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I just hope the LDP is defeated this time and not just Suga being replaced by Abe.

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Well done Yokohama voters. A few posters here are defending the casino plan. Why? It's a fact that when a casino opens in an area it leads to problem gambling and addiction. That leads to an increase in crime as addicts try to fund their gambling addiction. Who wants that? One poster even suggests gambling at a casino is the only way a Japanese can get rich! Ever heard of hard work and wise investments? No to casinos. No to LDP.

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Paul14

When a country has to rely on tourism and gambling for revenues, that country is doomed.

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This Yokohama election will have little impact on Suga.

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