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Originally from Oita, Takashima had a career as a television announcer before his first election as mayor, with the support of conservative political parties, in 2010. At that time he was the youngest elected mayor in Fukuoka's history.
Fukuoka is the most cosmopolitan city and the capital of the most populous prefecture on Kyushu island with easy access to Honshu via the Shinkansen and by airports.
Kamihigashi spent his career at JCM Global, rising to his current position of President & Representative Director in 2007.
In 1964, Kanetsuna founded the construction and development company that would later be named Shinnihon Corporation. He spent his entire career in the business, based in Chiba city. In August 2019, he also became president of MICE IR Chiba.
Okamoto spent most of his career working for the Kintetsu Railway company before leaving in 2009 to lead Mie Kotsu Group Holdings. Additionally, he became Chairman of the Mie Prefectural Chamber of Commerce & Industry in 2016.