Kyodo News InternationalMay 30, 2013 04:30
Official campaigning for the Shizuoka gubernatorial election started Thursday, with three people filing candidacies.
The three are incumbent Gov. Heita Kawakatsu, 64, former Tama University professor Ichiro Hirose, 57, supported by the Liberal Democratic Party, and Yukihiro Shimazu, 56, a senior official of the Japanese Communist Party's local branch.
Kawakatsu, who was endorsed by the Democratic Party of Japan in the previous election, has not sought the support of political parties this time.