Sendai mayor offers disaster lessons to U.N.

Jul 11, 2014

Sendai mayor offers disaster lessons to U.N.

Sendai Mayor Emiko Okuyama believes Tohoku’s experiences with the March 2011 disaster s could help save lives worldwide. She wants to share some of the lessons learned from the tsunami and mega-quake at an international conference in the city next year. “Although Sendai is ...

Okinawa elects pro-military base mayor Sachio Kuwae

Apr 28, 2014

Okinawa elects pro-military base mayor Sachio Kuwae

A supporter of a plan to relocate a U.S. military base won Sunday’s mayoral election in the city of Okinawa with the backing of the ruling bloc, defeating an anti-base candidate. Sachio Kuwae, 58, a former member of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, used support ...

Mar 3, 2014

LDP avoids second loss in local Okinawa races

Yoshitaka Nakayama, backed by the Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition, was re-elected Sunday as mayor of Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture. Nakayama, 46, won 15,903 votes against 11,881 for Nagateru Ohama, 66, a former Ishigaki mayor who ran as an independent. With Nakayama’s victory, the LDP ...

Tohoku mayor sees sense of crisis waning

Feb 26, 2014

Tohoku mayor sees sense of crisis waning

The nation has lost its sense of crisis since the massive quake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan in March 2011, warns Rikuzentakata Mayor Futoshi Toba. “The situation now is more serious than I imagined immediately after the disaster,” Toba said during an interview ...

Feb 2, 2014

Hashimoto to quit, seek new election

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto said Saturday that he will step down to test the people’s will in a new election on his main policy goal of merging the Osaka prefectural and municipal governments into one entity. The embattled co-leader of Nippon Ishin no Kai ...

Jan 30, 2014

Toronto mayor sued over alleged jailhouse assault

Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is being sued by his sister’s ex-boyfriend for allegedly conspiring to have the man beaten in jail to prevent Ford’s illicit behaviors from becoming known. A lawsuit submitted Wednesday by Scott MacIntyre alleges the mayor was behind an assault ...

Nov 14, 2013

Latest allegation: Toronto mayor had prostitutes in his office

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who admits smoking crack cocaine, faced new allegations in police documents released Tuesday that he brought prostitutes to his office, guzzled vodka in his car and made a racial slur to a taxi driver. The allegations, part of documents released ...

Mayor gets disaster response award

Sep 3, 2013

Mayor gets disaster response award

The mayor of the village of Katsurao, Fukushima Prefecture, won a U.N.-sponsored award Monday for his prompt response to the March 2011 disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, when he worked to save 1,600 people from high-level radiation. ...

Incumbent Hayashi re-elected as Yokohama mayor

Aug 26, 2013

Incumbent Hayashi re-elected as Yokohama mayor

Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi beat two challengers in the mayoral race Sunday, securing a second four-year term, the election board said. Hayashi, a 67-year-old independent backed by the Liberal Democratic Party, the Democratic Party of Japan and New Komeito, garnered 694,360 votes. Among the ...