FOCUS: Nonnuclear Calls by Fukushima Candidates Show Local Feelings

Politics

Fukushima, July 14 (Jiji Press)--Rival candidates, both women, from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the opposition camp for the upcoming House of Councillors election in Fukushima Prefecture are campaigning on platforms to eliminate nuclear power from the northeastern prefecture.

But their calls are in conflict with the national energy policy of the LDP and the positions of some opposition supporters.

With campaigning in the single-seat prefectural constituency shaping up effectively as a one-on-one race, local voters who were affected by the March 2011 nuclear accident are casting a cynical eye at the race for the July 21 election.

"I'm determined to push ahead with reconstruction following your requests steadily," Masako Mori, the LDP's candidate for Fukushima, said on July 4, the opening day of the official campaign period, at a fruit farm in the capital city of Fukushima.

"I'll do my best to achieve the goal of decommissioning all nuclear reactors in the prefecture," said Mori, 54, vice chair of the LDP's Headquarters for Accelerating Reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

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