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The Incumbent mayor was defeated in Fukushima city, where residents and evacuees have expressed increased frustration over delays in rebuilding from the nuclear disaster.

Independent newcomer Kaoru Kobayashi, 54, easily won the Fukushima mayoral election on Nov. 17.
Kobayashi, a former Environment Ministry official, received 72,441 votes, more than double the 32,851 for Seto.

One of the main issues of the election was the prefectural capital’s policy concerning decontamination work and reconstruction plans related to the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

Kobayashi emphasized he would renovate municipal politics, including an acceleration of decontamination work and an early installation of temporary storage facilities for contaminated soil and debris.

About 115,000 houses in Fukushima city are subject to decontamination work to clear radioactive substances from the nuclear disaster that was triggered by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. Work has been completed on only 18 percent of them.Decontamination work has not even started on some school routes.

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Frustrated voters dump incumbent mayor in Fukushima election (Asahi Newspaper)

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