TOKYO - He had the backing of the Prime Minister, the visibility of a Cabinet position, and supposedly could count on his blue blood status, with a father who had an outsized presence in Yokohama, Japan’s second most populous city.
All three would, in ordinary times, have guaranteed a decisive election victory.
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