Feb 8, 2014

Osaka to elect new mayor on March 23

The Osaka Municipal Government’s election board decided Saturday to hold a mayoral election March 23. Mayor Toru Hashimoto, who tendered his resignation Friday, said he will seek re-election to merge the prefectural and municipal governments into a single Osaka metropolitan government by winning “a ...

Nago race now down to just two candidates

Dec 26, 2013

Nago race now down to just two candidates

by Eric Johnston

January’s Nago mayoral election is now a two-man race after ex-Mayor Yoshikazu Shimabukuro ended his bid and threw his support behind Bunshin Suematsu, a Liberal Democratic Party prefectural assembly member heavily backed by Tokyo. A pro-base candidate, Suematsu is being challenged by current Mayor ...

May 21, 2013

Ruling bloc pick loses Saitama mayoral race

The ruling coalition’s loss in a mayoral race in Saitama on Sunday delivered a setback to the Liberal Democratic Party and ally New Komeito, which hope to win control of the opposition-controlled House of Councilors this summer. The incumbent, Hayato Shimizu, 51, was re-elected ...