Nationalist Tokyo governor wins third term

The nationalist governor of Tokyo has been returned to office for a third time in local elections in Japan, Japanese media has reported.

Nationalist Tokyo governor wins third term
The nationalist governor of Tokyo has been returned to office for a third time in local elections in Japan, Japanese media has reported.

Shintaro Ishihara, 74, won in one of 13 provinces where the results are seen as a test of support for the main parties ahead of Upper House polls in July.

The elections also include four mayoral races. Local assembly polls took place in prefectures and cities as well.

Mr Ishihara was backed by PM Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

The governor has won popular support for his straight-talking style.

But he has angered others with comments on women, history and foreign residents, who he has blamed for an upsurge in crime. He has also been hit by allegations of cronyism.

His main rival, 59-year-old reformer Shiro Asano, is backed by the opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ).

Analysts will be watching which way unaffiliated voters go ahead of the summer's Upper House polls.

They will be the first major electoral test for Prime Minister Abe since he took office in September last year.

His premiership has already been rocked by a series of scandals and gaffes. An opinion poll last month found public support for him had shrunk to just 35%. 
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