CHIBA (Kyodo) Angered by his decision to close a municipal hospital, voters in Choshi, Chiba Prefecture, have recalled Mayor Toshiaki Okano in a referendum.

An election will be held within 50 days, and the 63-year-old Okano is eligible.

“I don’t think my decision was wrong,” Okano said after Sunday’s balloting.

“I feel like running in the next mayoral election, but I want to make a decision after consulting my supporters.”

Okano got 11,590 votes against his recall, but 20,958 people voted to kick him out, the city’s election board said.

A citizens’ group requested the referendum after submitting signatures of 23,405 eligible voters, more than the required number of at least one-third of the city’s voters.

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