NHK’s decision desk is projecting that the Iwate No.2 district will go to Finance Minister Suzuki Shunichi of Liberal Democratic Party.
In the Iwate No.2 district, three candidates ran for a single seat. This district covers coastal areas devastated by earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Recovering from the disaster has been drawing attention as a point of contention in the district.
Liberal Democratic Party’s Suzuki Shunichi is the finance minister. He previously served several ministers during his three-decade political career including the environment minister and minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
His father was a prime minister back in the 1980s.
Constitutional Democratic Party’s newcomer, Obayashi Masahide, moved to the district after the disaster to support reconstruction. Then, he had served as a city assembly member for 6 years.
Arakawa Junko is a candidate of the party fighting against NHK in the trial for violating Article 72 of the Attorney Act. She is from Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo.