Campaigns begin in Japanese mayoral, city assembly elections

The Yomiuri Shimbun

People listen to a speech by a candidate for the mayoral election in Nagasaki on Sunday.

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — Campaigns started on Sunday for elections for 86 mayors and 294 city assemblies as well as 11 ward heads and 20 ward assemblies in Tokyo that will be held as part of unified local polls in Japan.

The 86 mayors include those for five prefectural capitals — Mito, Tsu, Takamatsu, Nagasaki and Oita.

Voting is set for April 21 together with elections for town and village mayors and assemblies, as well as by-elections for the House of Representatives in Osaka and Okinawa prefectures.

Major campaign issues in the second leg of the unified local elections include ways to address falling populations and reinvigorate local economies.Speech

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