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3 file candidacy in Niigata gubernatorial race.

NIIGATA, Japan, Oct. 4 Kyodo

Niigata Gov. Hirohiko Izumida and two contenders filed their candidacies Thursday in the Oct. 21 gubernatorial race, whose outcome may affect the decision on whether to reactivate reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa power plant in the prefecture.

Izumida, 50, who is seeking his third term endorsed by the Democratic Party of Japan, Liberal Democratic Party, New Komeito and other parties, indicated in his campaign speech he is unlikely to reactivate them without confirming their safety, while Japanese Communist Party-backed Shijio Hiwatashi, 59, said he is willing "to decommission the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant."

Another candidate, Mac Akasaka, 64, told reporters he wants to tackle the issue of suicide, while showing his opposition to the resumption of the nuclear reactors.

All seven reactors at the plant have been suspended.
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Date:Oct 9, 2012
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