Nuclear-power advocate elected Ikata mayor in landslide

National Oct 3, 2016

Nuclear-power advocate elected Ikata mayor in landslide

An advocate of atomic power plants has steamrolled his anti-nuclear rival in the Ikata, Ehime Prefecture, mayoral election, garnering more than seven times as many votes as his opponent. Sunday's election followed the resignation of the former mayor, who had backed the recent restart of ...

National / Politics Feb 8, 2014

Osaka to elect new mayor on March 23

The Osaka Municipal Government's election board decided Saturday to hold a mayoral election March 23. Mayor Toru Hashimoto, who tendered his resignation Friday, said he will seek re-election to merge the prefectural and municipal governments into a single Osaka metropolitan government by winning "a fresh ...

Nago race now down to just two candidates

National / Politics Dec 26, 2013

Nago race now down to just two candidates

by Eric Johnston

January's Nago mayoral election is now a two-man race after ex-Mayor Yoshikazu Shimabukuro ended his bid and threw his support behind Bunshin Suematsu, a Liberal Democratic Party prefectural assembly member heavily backed by Tokyo. A pro-base candidate, Suematsu is being challenged by current Mayor Susumu ...

National / Politics Nov 18, 2013

Newcomer defeats incumbent in Fukushima mayoral election

An independent newcomer won the Fukushima mayoral election Sunday, defeating the incumbent in a sign of public discontent over the local government's reconstruction efforts from the nuclear crisis at a Fukushima No. 1 power plant. Kaoru Kobayashi, 54, a former head of the Tohoku regional ...