Voters in Japan are turning out for local elections seen as an indicator of public support for the main parties ahead of Upper House polls in July
These local assembly polls are conducted in prefectures and cities across the country. They incluce 13 gubernatorial and four mayoral races.
"Controversial nationalist incumbent Shintaro Ishihara, 74, is aiming for a third four-year term. "
Shiro Asano,59, is backed by the opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ). Mr Ishihara, is backed by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)
They will be the first major electoral test for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe since he took office in September last year. Opinion poll of public support showed his support was shrunk to just 35%.
We can only see who is going to take the position only after the results.