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It’s not too early to start getting ready for next local elections

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One item that caught my eye in news coverage of recent unified local elections was about a man who won a municipal assembly seat, only to decline it soon after.

The man had made a snap decision to run for the Tatsuno town assembly in Nagano Prefecture upon learning that there were too few candidates for the number of seats up for grabs.

He won the election uncontested, but backed out two days later on grounds he “could not obtain the support of his family and community.”

This unprecedented development caused a major headache for town officials in charge of election affairs, according to the Nagano edition of The Asahi Shimbun.

Such an outcome may not be a big........

© The Asahi Shimbun