Wednesday, December 26, 2012

#Radioactive Japan: Futaba-machi Mayor Idogawa Fights No Confidence Vote, Dissolves Town Assembly and Calls for an Election


I reported about the mayor and his town assemblymen who unanimously passed the no-confidence resolution against Mayor Idogawa on December 20.

Mayor Idogawa has decided to fight for his townfolks, some of whom are still living in an abandoned high school building in Saitama Prefecture, 21 months after the start of the accident. They have to pay for their own boxed meals, and over the New Year's holidays the bento vendor will be closed for business.

From Nippon Television News (12/26/2012):

福島第一原発事故を受けて役場の機能を埼玉・加須市に移している福島・双葉町は26日、井戸川克隆町長が議会を解散した。

Futaba-machi, whose municipal government has been temporarily moved to Kazo City, Saitama Prefecture following the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident, has dissolved the town assembly at the order of Mayor Katsutaka Idogawa.

 原発事故を受けて役場機能を加須市に移している双葉町は、20日の定例議会で、井戸川町長への不信任案が提出され、全会一致で可決された。可決から10日以内に議会を解散しないと自動的に失職することになるが、26日、井戸川町長は会見を開き、議会を解散したことを明らかにした。

The no-confidence resolution against Mayor idogawa was submitted during the regular assembly meeting on December 20. The resolution was unanimously passed. The mayor will lose his position in 10 days after the vote, unless he dissolves the assembly. On December 26, Mayor Idogawa held a press conference, and announced that he has dissolved the assemly.

 井戸川町長「議会を解散いたしました。私なりに考えを巡らしてまいりました。このような決断に至り、断腸の思いです。原発事故さえなければ平和な町であったのに、非常に残念」

Mayor Idogawa said, "I have dissolved the assembly. I have been weighing things as best I can, and this is a gut-wrenching decision. It would have been a peaceful town if it hadn't been the nuclear accident. I am very disappointed."

 解散から40日以内に、町議選が行われることになる。

The town election is to be held within 40 days.

4 comments:

CinnamonJapan said...

I'm glad Mr Idogawa fights back !

Anonymous said...

Let's hope the citizens of Futaba have as strong a set of balls as their Mayor.

I wish him every success.

Vyse Legendaire said...

The plot thickens.

Anonymous said...

Idogawa - what a great leader! I hope the public in Futaba or from Futaba (I think a lot of them are refugees in Saitama) support him, and vote for him again.

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