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Near Fukushima, Japan, famed mayor loses residents’ support via The LA Times

Residents turn against Mayor Katsunobu Sakurai after he urges them to help with the nuclear cleanup in Minamisoma, Japan, a town just 15 miles from the stricken Fukushima plant.

December 01, 2011|By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Minamisoma, Japan — For a time, he was the world’s angriest mayor, an Internet sensation who publicly lashed out at Japan’s government for abandoning his town as the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant spewed radiation just a few miles away.

Months later, as people come to grips with the hard work of getting on with their lives, there is still plenty of anger and frustration in Minamisoma. But now, much of it is directed at Mayor Katsunobu Sakurai.

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