2008 Kyoto mayoral election

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Kyoto held a mayoral election on February 17, 2008. Daisaku Kadokawa narrowly won over a candidate backed by the JCP with a margin of 951 votes.[1] The poll was to choose a successor to Yorikane Masumoto, who announced his resignation after serving three terms for a total 12 years in office


  • Daisaku Kadokawa, 57, former head of Kyoto Municipal Board of Education and supported by all major parties except the JCP.
  • Kazuo Nakamura, 53, working as a lawyer and supported by the Japanese Communist Party
  • Shoei Murayama, 29, independent former member of the Kyoto municipal assembly
  • Toshihiko Okada, 61, independent


Mayoral election 2008: Kyoto
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent, LDP, DPJ, Komeito,SDP Daisaku Kadokawa 158,472 37,25 %
Independent, JCP Kazuo Nakamura 157,521 37,02 %
Independent Shoei Murayama 84,750 19,92 %
Independent Toshihiko Okada 24,702 5,81 %
Turnout 425,445 37.82 %


  1. ^ http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20080219TDY02304.htm
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