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Japan Vote Hinges on Nuclear Energy via The Wall Street Journal

Mayor Who Has Backed Reactor Plan Faces Anti-Nuke Challenger

KAMINOSEKI, Japan—This small fishing village has become the next front in Japan’s battle over nuclear power, with an anti-nuclear protester threatening to oust the pro-nuclear mayor in an election Sunday.

At stake: the fate of a long-planned reactor for which ground-breaking is supposed to take place next year.

More broadly, the defeat of a mayor whose economic development strategy has centered on a controversial power plant could fuel the country’s increasingly influential anti-nuclear movement.

“What’s often said is that we need nuclear-power money to run Kaminoseki,” challenger Sadao Yamato, 61 years old, told a few dozen supporters as he formally kicked off his campaign on Tuesday.

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