Lawmakers, Local Leaders To Be Elected

Lawmakers, local leaders to be elected

People across Japan cast ballots on Sunday to choose local leaders and assembly members as well as two Lower House lawmakers.

National parties campaigned fiercely, framing the poll as a bellwether for the Upper House election in the summer.
In Okinawa, a candidate who opposes the government's plan to relocate a US military base is projected to win the by-election.

Voting Underway In Japanese Local Elections

Voting underway in Japanese local elections

Voters across Japan are casting ballots in the second round of local elections to pick mayors and local assembly members. The races coincide with two Lower House by-elections that are seen as a bellwether for the Upper House elections this summer.

One of the by-elections is taking place in Okinawa. The ruling and opposition blocs are effectively facing off over plans to relocate a US airbase within the southern prefecture. The constituency, Okinawa's number-3 electoral district, includes the Henoko district of the city f Nago, where the central government is carrying out land reclamation to relocate the US Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station.

Local Elections Across Japan

Local elections across Japan

In Japan, voting for mayors and municipal assemblies has begun in the second round of local elections. Lower House by-elections are also taking place. The polls are viewed as forerunners to the Upper House elections this summer.

Polling stations started opening at 7 a.m. on Sunday. In all, 721 elections are being held for mayors and municipal assembly seats.

Winners Announced In Japan's Local Elections

Winners announced in Japan's local elections

The results from Sunday's local elections across Japan have been finalized. Thousands of seats were up for grabs including for governors, mayors and local assembly members.

One of the most closely watched races was in Osaka. Former Osaka City mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura has been elected.

Vote Counting Underway In Japanese Local Elections

Vote counting underway in Japanese local elections

Vote counting continues here in Japan just hours after the polls closed in local elections across the country. Thousands of seats are up for grabs, including for governors, mayors and local assembly members.

National parties have campaigned fiercely, framing the local elections as a bellwether for Upper House elections this summer.

Vote Counting Underway In Japan's Local Elections

Vote counting underway in Japan's local elections

Ballot counting is underway in Japan's local elections.
Thousands of seats are up for grabs across the country, including for governors, mayors and local assembly members.

National parties have campaigned fiercely, framing the local elections as a bellwether for Upper House elections this summer.

Vote Counting Begins In Japan's Local Elections

Vote counting begins in Japan's local elections

Ballot counting is just getting underway in Japan.
Thousands of seats are up for grabs across the country, including for governors, mayors and local assembly members.

National parties have campaigned fiercely framing the local elections as a bellwether for Upper House elections this summer.

Local Election Campaigns Start

Local election campaigns start

Preparations are ramping up here in Japan as voters get set to cast their ballots in prefectural and municipal elections early next month.

Eleven prefectures, across the nation, kicked off gubernatorial campaigns on Thursday. Candidates are expected to focus their platforms on how to revitalize local economies in the wake of declining populations.

Local Election Campaigns Begin In Japan

Local election campaigns begin in Japan

Candidates vying to become prefectural governors in Japan are hitting the streets in their campaigns before elections next month.

It's part of unified local elections that are held across the country every four years. The prefectural and municipal polls this time are considered an opportunity for parties to gain momentum as they prepare for national elections later this year.

Local Govts. Struggle To Support Foreign Residents

Local govts. struggle to support foreign residents

A survey in Japan shows local governments are struggling to offer timely livelihood support to an increasing number of residents from abroad.

NHK sent questionnaires in November to 50 municipalities across the country that have a relatively high proportion of foreign residents.

Local Game Meats Served In Western Japan

Local game meats served in western Japan

Meat lovers have flocked to an event promoting wild game dishes made from locally hunted deer and boar in Kochi Prefecture, western Japan.

Fifteen restaurants and groups set up booths at a venue in the town of Otoyo on Monday, a national holiday.

Tepco Told To Hear Local Views For Scrapping Plant

TEPCO told to hear local views for scrapping plant

Japan's economy and industry minister has told Tokyo Electric Power Company to take local opinion into account when drawing up a plan to scrap another nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture.

Hiroshige Seko gave the instruction to TEPCO President Tomoaki Kobayakawa on Friday.