Aug 20, 2014

Sakaiminato mayor to visit North Korea

The mayor of Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture, is set to visit a special economic zone in northeastern North Korea on Thursday, city government officials said on Tuesday. Mayor Katsuji Nakamura will apparently be the first local government head in Japan to visit North Korea since ...

Aug 8, 2014

Detroit mayor offers new water plan after uproar

Detroit’s mayor, who faced international criticism for mass water shutoffs aimed at resolving millions of dollars’ worth of unpaid bills, announced Thursday the bankrupt city will offer affordable payment plans to many delinquent customers. Mayor Mike Duggan made the announcement not long after several ...

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 ...