WE would like to congratulate Mayor Yasutomo Suzuki for being elected for the third time to represent the Hamamatsu people. Congratulations!

The current Mayor won with almost 4 times more votes than the rival candidate and was thus elected for a third term.

“I campaigned thoroughly, conveying the achievements of my first two terms and my dedication towards a third to as many citizens as possible,” said the Mayor to a local newspaper. “The voters responded extremely well. I believe that we gained consistent understanding for our initiatives.”

When asked about his thoughts on his third term, he said “I will make sure to incorporate the pledges in my manifesto into initiatives to be implemented. We must restructure the administrative system of wards in the city. We will put increased emphasis on developing industry, including not only manufacturing industries, but also the forestry and marine products industries. As we approach the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the forestry industry is picking up, so we would like to make good use of this opportunity.”

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