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Tokyo chief chosen amid divided anti-nuke vote

February 9, 2014 • World News


Japan’s former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa’s supporter reacts following Hoshokawa’s defeat in the Tokyo gubernatorial election in Tokyo, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. Hosokawa was backed by former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, who pushed for zero nuclear power. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

TOKYO (AP) — Yoichi Masuzoe, a former health minister backed by Japan’s ruling party, won Tokyo’s gubernatorial election on Sunday, defeating two candidates who had promised to end nuclear power.

Masuzoe’s victory was declared in exit polls on public broadcaster NHK within minutes after voting closed. Masuzoe, 65, appeared smiling before cameras, with his supporters shouting “Banzai,” and promised to make Tokyo “the Login to read more

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