National / Politics May 22, 2017

Shimizu cruises to third term in Saitama mayoral race

Saitama Mayor Hayato Shimizu was re-elected to a third term over the weekend, decisively defeating his two rivals. Shimizu, 55, ran on his accomplishments in administrative and fiscal reform in Sunday's election. Running as an independent, he was backed by Democratic Party members of the Diet ...

Nation's youngest mayor acquitted of bribery in Gifu

National / Crime & Legal Mar 6, 2015

Nation's youngest mayor acquitted of bribery in Gifu

The nation's youngest mayor has been acquitted of bribery amid doubts about his accuser's claims. Hiroto Fujii, the 30-year-old mayor of Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture, was found not guilty Thursday by the Nagoya District Court of receiving bribes from a groundwater supply company to install a ...