Incumbent secures 4th term as Hyogo governor

Hyogo Gov. Toshizo Ido secured a fourth four-year term Sunday, defeating a rival backed by the Japanese Communist Party in the gubernatorial election, the final vote count showed Monday.

Ido, a 67-year-old independent, was supported by local chapters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, as well as the headquarters of the LDP's junior coalition partner, the New Komeito party, and the Social Democratic Party.

Kotaro Tanaka, 64, an independent backed by the JCP, challenged Ido for the second time.

Ido garnered 1,684,146 votes, while Tanaka won 627,874 votes.

During the election campaign, Ido highlighted his performance for the past 12 years and vowed to enhance preparedness against natural disasters with infrastructure investment, while Tanaka stressed the importance of welfare measures.