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Minamisoma Mayor Katsunobu Sakurai was re-elected Jan. 19, capitalizing on his campaign against nuclear power which drew global sympathy and attention in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Sakurai, 58, collected 17,123 votes to win the mayoral election for a second four-year term, compared with 10,985 votes for former Mayor Issei Watanabe, 70, and 5,367 for former head of the city assembly Motoe Yokoyama, 65.

Sakurai’s re-election victory over his two rivals with close ties to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is certain to put pressure on the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to change its policy to restart idled nuclear reactors in Japan. Nuclear power is also expected to become a focal point of the Feb. 9 Tokyo gubernatorial election.

Whether to end nuclear power generation and whether idled nuclear reactors should be reactivated or not are also likely to become hot issues in a growing number of elections, even among municipalities that don’t host nuclear power plants.


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