Kitahashi, Kenji

    Company: Kitakyushu City

    Family Name: Kitahashi

    Given Name: Kenji

    Party: Independent

    Role: Mayor of Kitakyushu City

    IR Stance: Neutral

    Profile: Kitahashi was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1986. He was an opposition lawmaker, eventually joining the Democratic Party of Japan when it was formed in 1998. In 2007, he ran for the post of Kitakyushu mayor and became the first opposition party-related politician to win that office in four decades. However, in more recent elections his political base shifted to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

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