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Anti-nuclear mood prevails in Japan governor race

Ryuichi Yoneyama, center, celebrates his victory in Sunday's gubernatorial election in Niigata Prefecture.

TOKYO -- A candidate skeptical of nuclear safety claimed victory in Sunday's gubernatorial election in Japan's Niigata Prefecture, underscoring voter resistance to plans by Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings to bring idled reactors back online.

"I don't intend to close the door [on discussion of a restart], but I think it's very difficult right now," said Ryuichi Yoneyama, who ran as an independent, to reporters Monday morning.

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