Call for resignation of Katsutaka Idogawa, the mayor of Futaba town who decided to evacuate his residents

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On December 20, the municipal assembly of Futaba town in Fukushima Prefecture, 3 km away from Fukushima Daiichi NPP, has passed a no-confidence motion against Mayor Katsutaka Idogawa, reported Mainichi Shinbun News.


Idogawa is the only mayor in Fukushima who made a decision to evacuate the residents of Futaba town immediately after the earthquake and tsunami, while other mayors waited for a suggestion from the authority. He also spoke at an information meeting at the UN Geneva headquarters in October 2012 and begged the international authorities to help evacuate the residence of Fukushima including 300,000 children still living in the highly contaminated areas.

Now, mayor Idogawa is accused by the municipal assembly for causing “confusion among town residents” since the policy of Japanese government for the recovery of Fukushima Prefecture has focused on “decontamination” work rather than “evacuation” of population. Moreover, three out of eight members of the assembly are deemed to be influenced by TEPCO (Tokyo Electricity Company) or other related companies. In response to this no-confidence motion, the mayor has the right to resign or dissolve the town assembly within 10 days under the Local Autonomy Law.


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Comments: 2
  • #1

    Tina Alaca (Tuesday, 09 December 2014 23:34)

    TEPCO members asking for the Mayors resignation should be all shot for treason, Katsutaka Idogawa is a brave man and only looking out for his people which is a lot more than what TEPCO or the government have been doing.
    Shame on you!

  • #2

    veronica bellotti (Wednesday, 10 December 2014 19:41)

    Name and shame those in government.As long as it doesn't happen to them, they only look after them selves.