Lower house member Nakada to run for Yokohama mayor

Lower house member Nakada to run for Yokohama mayor

YOKOHAMA, Feb. 25 Kyodo

Hiroshi Nakada, a House of Representatives member from Kanagawa Prefecture’s No. 8 constituency, indicated Sunday he will run in the March 31 Yokohama mayoral election.

Nakada, a member of the Independents Club, revealed the plan at a meeting of his supporters in Yokohama.

A graduate of Aoyama Gakuin University and former secretary to a House of Councillors member, Nakada, 37, was first elected to the lower house in 1993, and is now in his third term.

Former Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) members of the Yokohama city assembly and civic groups urged Nakada to run in the hope he can oust three-term Mayor Hidenobu Takahide, 72, who is seeking a fourth four-year term. The former DPJ members left their party in protest of lengthy reigns by governors, mayors and other local chiefs.

Three other candidates have also announced their candidacies — marine biologist Yasuo Matsukawa, 60, former Yokohama city employee Takahiko Inagaki, 28, and company executive Tsuneyasu Takeda, 26, have also announced their candidacies.

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