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The ground under Japan's ruling coalition is starting to shift

High voter turnout in Yokohama election opens opposition path to victory

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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Aug. 23 suggested that the rout in Yokohama was at least as much a referendum on his handling of the pandemic as on the casino bid. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

Tobias Harris is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, an independent nonpartisan policy institute. He is the author of "The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan."

National politics rarely turn on a local government election in a single metropolis -- but the defeat of a ruling Liberal Democratic Party candidate in the Yokohama mayoral race on Aug. 22 may prove to be the rare exception.

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