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 ...

Sendai mayor offers disaster lessons to U.N.

National Jul 11, 2014

Sendai mayor offers disaster lessons to U.N.

Sendai Mayor Emiko Okuyama believes Tohoku's experiences with the March 2011 disaster s could help save lives worldwide. She wants to share some of the lessons learned from the tsunami and mega-quake at an international conference in the city next year. "Although Sendai is still on ...

Okinawa elects pro-military base mayor Sachio Kuwae

National Apr 28, 2014

Okinawa elects pro-military base mayor Sachio Kuwae

A supporter of a plan to relocate a U.S. military base won Sunday's mayoral election in the city of Okinawa with the backing of the ruling bloc, defeating an anti-base candidate. Sachio Kuwae, 58, a former member of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, used support from ...