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 ...

Wiped out city waits for Tokyo to wake up

Feb 8, 2013

Wiped out city waits for Tokyo to wake up

by Masami Ito

It has been almost two years since much of Tohoku’s coastline was wiped out by tsunami on March 11. Gone are many of the destroyed buildings and vehicles that served as reminders of the horror and tragedy caused by the monster earthquake in the ...