Opponent of nuclear power elected governor of Kagoshima

National / Politics Jul 10, 2016

Opponent of nuclear power elected governor of Kagoshima

Anti-nuclear advocate Satoshi Mitazono was elected governor of Kagoshima Prefecture on Sunday, beating incumbent Yuichiro Ito, who agreed to the resumption of reactors at a power plant in the prefecture. "I want to make Kagoshima a prefecture that takes on challenges with a positive mindset," ...

National / Politics May 13, 2015

LDP asks Emperor's surgeon to run in Saitama gubernatorial race

The Liberal Democratic Party has asked a doctor who operated on Emperor Akihito to run in the gubernatorial election in Saitama Prefecture in August, the ruling party's local chapter said Wednesday. Atsushi Amano, a 59-year-old professor at Juntendo University, declined to comment. The LDP, headed ...

Miyazaki governor re-elected to second term

National / Politics Dec 22, 2014

Miyazaki governor re-elected to second term

Miyazaki Gov. Shunji Kono was re-elected Sunday, beating a former Lower House member and another challenger. Kono, 50, ran as an independent but with recommendations from major parties, including the Liberal Democratic Party, Komeito and the Democratic Party of Japan. He was challenged by former Lower ...

National / Politics Aug 18, 2014

BOJ official to run in Fukushima gubernatorial election

A Bank of Japan official has announced he will run in October's Fukushima gubernatorial election, at the request of the Liberal Democratic Party, in the first contest to pick the prefecture's governor since the 2011 nuclear disaster. Takeshi Hachimura, 55, who works in the central ...

National May 10, 2014

Base shift may start in fall, not spring

Japan might move up the start date for building the replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa to this fall instead of next spring, an official said Saturday. By advancing the date, which could allow work to begin before a potential ...

Hosokawa eyes no nukes by 2020

National / Politics Jan 18, 2014

Hosokawa eyes no nukes by 2020

Former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa will pledge in his campaign for the Feb. 9 Tokyo gubernatorial election to set out a road map for Japan to break with nuclear power generation by 2020, according to a close aide. "By making 2020 his target year, he ...