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Tokyo governor election kicks off

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The race to elect a successor to colourful and controversial Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara kicked off Thursday with his handpicked nominee expected to cruise to an easy victory. 

Tokyo deputy governor Naoki Inose waves to supporters as he launches his gubernatorial election campaign in Tokyo. The race to elect a successor to colourful and controversial Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara has kicked off with Inose -- his handpicked nominee -- expected to cruise to an easy victory.

Ishihara, a veteran right-wing firebrand who is widely blamed for exacerbating a territorial row with China, abruptly resigned to lead a new political party in a December 16 general election that coincides with the poll in the city of 13 million.

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