• Kyodo


Voting got under way Sunday in quake-hit Fukushima Prefecture to elect the prefectural assembly and local leaders, including mayors for the irradiated towns of Okuma and Futaba, which host the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

The elections, which were supposed to take place in April along with other nationwide local elections, were postponed under a special law after the devastating March 11 quake, tsunami and nuclear crisis forced residents to flee their homes, many for good.

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