Kan’s new presidential election: Hometown Akita Yuzawa gathers supporters to watch votes cast

Kan’s new presidential election: Akita Yuzawa, where he was born, gathers supporters to watch the vote September 14 at 7:13 p.m.

More than 100 supporters gathered in the sahiro of a hotel in Yuzawa City, Akita Prefecture, the birthplace of Chief Cabinet Secretary Naoto Kan, who was elected as the LDP’s new president, to watch the vote for the LDP presidential election on screen.

Just before 3:30 p.m., three votes, including Mr. Kan, were announced as the gathered people watched the voting process.

And when Mr. Kan was elected as the new president, the hall was enveloped in an air of peace, applause was raised from all over the place, and some people were moved to tears.

Koji Kaneda, who was in the same grade at Yuzawa High School, said with tears, “I was filled with tears because I didn’t think my classmates would be president of the Liberal Democratic Party.”

Shinichi Enomoto, who was one year older than Mr. Kan at Yuzawa High School, said, “I would like to ask for policies that would close the gap in rural areas. I want you to improve the region, improve Akita, and improve Yuzawa.”

What about my classmates from elementary school?

Eiji Ito, a classmate who attended the same school from elementary school to high school with Chief Cabinet Secretary Naoto Kan, watched Mr. Kan be elected as the new president of the Liberal Democratic Party at his home in Yuzawa City.

Mr. Ito recalled Mr. Kan’s childhood, “When I was in elementary school and junior high school, sumo was strong and I never beat Yoshihide.”

And when Mr. Kan was elected as the new president just before 3:30 p.m., he applauded and was happy to be elected.

Mr. Ito said, “I’m relieved that I was actually chosen. I’m glad I got more votes than I thought. I want you to show your strength in diplomacy when you become prime minister, just like you did in the past when you were able to get along with a lot of people.”

Extra distribution in front of Akita Station

In response to the election of Chief Cabinet Secretary Naoto Kan as the new leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, extras were distributed in front of JR Akita Station from around 4:30 p.m.

A man in his 40s from Yokote City, Akita Prefecture, who received the extra, said, “I want you to do your best to improve the whole of Japan.”

In addition, a woman in her 70s living in Akita City said, “We are looking forward to the revitalization of the region and the new coronavirus. I want everyone to be able to live a rich life.”