Snafus invalidate ballot papers for 62 citizens

Jul 21, 2013

Snafus invalidate ballot papers for 62 citizens

The ballots of 62 voters were invalidated by mix-ups at two polling stations, the election board of Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, said Sunday. The voters were issued ballots for the constituency and proportional-representation sections of the House of Councilors election in the wrong order. If ...

Iwate hopefuls locked in close race

Jul 18, 2013

Iwate hopefuls locked in close race

Tatsuo Hirano, former minister for disaster reconstruction, faces an uphill battle for re-election as a House of Councilors lawmaker in the fiefdom of former power broker Ichiro Ozawa. Hirano, 59, parted with Ozawa last year when the influential politician bolted from the then-ruling Democratic ...

Jul 18, 2013

Politicians ignore nuclear evacuees

With campaigning for Sunday’s House of Councilors election in full gear, middle-aged and elderly voters who fled Fukushima during the nuclear crisis feel increasingly left out of the loop. Since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, they have spent two years and four months ...