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Mayoral election

Oct. 24, 2009

The mayoral election will be held tomorrow.

My friend is running for mayor.

He was a classmate when we were in high school.

He is in the running since he resigned the presidency of an IT company.

I wish him to win the election somehow.

But there are three names on the ballot.

The incumbent mayor is a particularly strong rival candidate.

He has been elected twice in a row and is recommended by Democratic Party of Japan, which is in power.

On the other hand, my friend is supported by a small opposition party "Your Party" which only has five Diet members.

I am praying to God to give him a miracle.

Oct. 27, 2009

I talked about my friend running for Mayor in a previous entry.

The election was held on Oct. 26.

It was cold and cloudy, so I supposed that there would be a low voter turnout.

In such a condition, the incumbent has an advantage.

I was very anxious that the fight ended at a blow in a knockout and my friend would be unable to get back on his feet.

The ballot counting began.

The turnout rate was only 31.5% !

However the two candidates were still neck and neck when 88% of the votes had been counted.

Finally, the incumbent mayor won the election with 164,030 votes.

He has been elected three times in a row.

I felt very sorry that my friend was defeated even though he had received 156,178 votes.

But the difference was no more than 8000.

He gave the incumbent a run for his money.

I am sure that he will run for the Upper House next year and maybe win the race.

Man is not made for defeat.

Run for Diet member !

"Nice try" , "Good job," were what my acquaintances praised my friend the next day.

I am very proud of my friend. He is very ambitious.

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