Japan's former Health Minister Yoichi Masuzoe (C) shouts "banzai" (cheers) with his supporters at his office in Tokyo February 9, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino
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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.Hosokawa and Utsunomiya got about 20 percent each, indicating that if the anti-nuclear vote had been united, a win by either might have been possible.Masuzoe was backed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who wants to restart Japan's 50 nuclear reactors that were idled following the Fukushima disaster.Hosokawa was backed by former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, who pushed for zero nuclear power.Tetsuro Kato, professor of political science at Waseda University in Tokyo, said that the anti-nuclear vote suffered because voters could not agree on one candidate.
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