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May 06, 2003

New Yorker Wins Council Seat

Anthony Bianchi, a 44-year old English teacher from New York, received the most votes in the recent city assembly election in Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture. Bianchi ran on a platform of educational and other reforms with the slogan "progress rather than precedents." He was hired by the city's board of education in 1996 to implement a native English-teaching program but encountered bureaucratic opposition and red tape at almost every turn. He credited his victory to the support of thousands of former students. Bianchi first came to Japan in 1988 and acquired Japanese citizenship last year, partly so that he would be eligible to run in the election.

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