Japan’s Kishida Suffers By-Election Setback Before National VoteBy
Ruling LDP loses one of two upper house special votes
Kishida became PM this month, has tepid public support so far
New Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s ruling party was dealt a blow when it lost one of two upper house special elections, which are serving as a barometer of support ahead of a national general election in a week.
In a setback to the premier, opposition-backed Shinnosuke Yamazaki was projected by public broadcaster NHK and Kyodo News as the winner in Sunday’s by-election in Shizuoka prefecture, beating the candidate from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Kishida had personally campaigned in the race, trying to keep a seat that had previously been held by the party.