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Katsuya Endo, the former mayor of Tomioka in Fukushima prefecture who was forced to evacuate the town along with his fellow residents following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, died of gum cancer on Sunday, his family said. He was 74.

Endo served as mayor of the Fukushima Prefecture town for a total of 16 years over four four-year terms between 1997 and 2013. He lost his re-election bid last year.

After a powerful earthquake and tsunami crippled Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant north of the town, all Tomioka residents were forced to evacuate their seaside town. Town hall operations were also moved.

Endo was living in Koriyama, an inland Fukushima city west of Tomioka, when he died at a hospital there.

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Ex-Fukushima town mayor dies at 74 (Mainichi Newspaper)

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