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Local election campaigns fueled by national situation

Date Posted: 2011-04-21

Okinawa residents will be sitting on the sidelines watching the election campaigning this weekend as numerous local elections take place Sunday on the mainland.

Some 88 mayoral and 293 local assembly seats will be decided, along with 21 ward assembly seats and 13 ward mayor positions in Tokyo. Okinawa has no communities facing the polls this weekend, but community leaders here will be looking at the trends.

The Japanese dilemma on how to deal with restoring eastern Japan following the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami March 11th is a primary campaign topic, with the troubled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant stirring plenty of discussion on the campaign trail about the continued need for nuclear power, radiation dangers and the rising price of fossil fuels that have already quadrupled for Japanese purchasers over the past decade.

Voters go to the polls Sunday in the disaster area, with mayoral elections in Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture, and city assembly elections in Kitakata in Fukushima Prefecture. Takamatsu, Nagasaki and Oita have mayoral races to be decided in those prefectural capitals.

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