Mayor To Urge Removal Of 'comfort Women' Statue

Mayor to urge removal of 'comfort women' statue

The mayor of Nagoya in central Japan says he will urge the Governor of Aichi Prefecture to remove a statue of a girl symbolizing those referred to as wartime comfort women from a display at an international arts festival in the prefecture.

The Aichi Triennale Arts Festival features a section under the theme of "deprivation of freedom of expression." Among the displays is the controversial statue of a girl.

Hiroshima Mayor Discloses Gist Of Peace Message

Hiroshima mayor discloses gist of peace message

The mayor of Hiroshima says he plans to use this year's peace declaration to call on the Japanese government to join a UN treaty on banning nuclear weapons.

Mayor Kazumi Matsui on Thursday disclosed the gist of the declaration he is to deliver at the ceremony marking the 74th anniversary of the city's atomic bombing on August 6.

Misawa Mayor To Allow Resumption Of F-35 Flights

Misawa mayor to allow resumption of F-35 flights

The mayor of Misawa City in Aomori Prefecture has decided to allow the resumption of flight operations of F-35 stealth fighter jets deployed at an Air Self-Defense Force base in the city.

Sources say Misawa mayor Yoshinori Kohiyama will inform the Defense Ministry of his decision as early as Thursday afternoon.

Ginowan Mayor Asks Us To Present Timetable

Ginowan mayor asks US to present timetable

The mayor of Ginowan City in Okinawa Prefecture has asked US government officials to present a timetable for the return of land occupied by a US airbase in the city.

Masanori Matsugawa spoke to reporters in Washington on Wednesday after meeting separately with US State Department and Defense Department officials.

Shibuya Mayor Proposes Drinking Ban For Halloween

Shibuya Mayor proposes drinking ban for Halloween

The mayor of Tokyo's Shibuya Ward has told a news conference that he will introduce a bill to ban drinking on the streets and parks near Shibuya station during Halloween and other major events.

Shibuya is a magnet for young people. But some of them caused trouble on the weekend just before Halloween last year. Drunk youths overturned a parked vehicle and started fights.

Hiroshima Mayor Promotes Nuclear Abolition

Hiroshima mayor promotes nuclear abolition

The mayor of Hiroshima has pledged to strengthen solidarity and cooperation among cities around the world to abolish nuclear weapons.

Kazumi Matsui addressed an award ceremony on Friday for the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards. The event was part of a film festival in New York. The award is given to people and groups that inspire innovation.

Nagasaki Mayor Re-elected For 4th Term

Nagasaki mayor re-elected for 4th term

The mayor of Nagasaki City in western Japan has been re-elected for a fourth four-year term after defeating three rivals.

Tomihisa Taue garnered more than 86,000 votes in Sunday's election. The runner-up received about 54,000.

Town Mayor Opposes Deployment Of Aegis Ashore

Town mayor opposes deployment of Aegis Ashore

The mayor of a Japanese town located next to a candidate site for a new ground-based missile defense system has expressed his opposition to its deployment.

The mayor of Abu town, Norihiko Hanada, said on Thursday that he is unequivocally opposed to the deployment of the Aegis Ashore system since the move could result in substantially undermining the safety and security of the townspeople and their peace of mind.

Beijing Mayor To Visit Tokyo

Beijing mayor to visit Tokyo

According to NHK sources, the mayor of Beijing will visit Tokyo later this month, a possible signal of efforts to improve relations between countries. The last time a mayor from the Chinese capital visited was more than 20 years ago.

The sources say Chen Jining plans to meet Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike during his upcoming trip. He's expected to confirm cooperation with Koike over the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics and the 2022 Winter Games scheduled in Beijing.

Mayor Apologizes For Girl's Death In Wall Collapse

Mayor apologizes for girl's death in wall collapse

The mayor of a city has apologized for a 9-year-old girl's death in Monday's earthquake in Osaka Prefecture. She was crushed when a 40-meter section of a concrete wall at a school swimming pool fell on top of her.

Takatsuki Mayor Takeshi Hamada told reporters on Monday afternoon that the city will investigate the cause of the collapse. He added that the city bears responsibility of some kind for the incident.