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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is closely watching the Yokohama mayoral election that Hachiro Okonogi, a former Suga cabinet member, has entered, taking a surprising stand. (Nikkei montage/Reuters/Kyodo/AP)
Inside Japanese politics

Yokohama election tests Japan's casino push amid COVID headwind

Fierce mayoral race pits incumbent against raft of candidates opposing resort

TETSUYA SAITO, Nikkei senior staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- The voters of Yokohama, which with a population of 3.77 million is Japan's biggest municipality, could end up hobbling the central government's efforts to bring casinos to the country.

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