Katsutaka Idogawa, mayor of the town of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, said on Dec. 26 that he has dissolved the town assembly after it passed a no-confidence motion against him.
Idogawa notified assembly chairman Seiichi Sasaki of the dissolution. Under the public offices election law, an election will be held within 40 days of the day following the notification. The town election board is seeking to arrange voting on Feb. 3.
The assembly unanimously passed a no-confidence motion against Idogawa on Dec. 20, citing his absence from a meeting in November about a plan to set up temporary storage facilities for soil contaminated with radioactive substances released from the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The assembly passed the no-confidence motion in a session held in the city of Kazo, Saitama Prefecture, to which the Futaba municipal government relocated its office following the outbreak of the nuclear disaster in March 2011.
Idogawa was absent from the Nov. 28 meeting of prefectural government officials and mayors of municipalities in Futaba county held to discuss the central government’s proposal to set up temporary storage facilities for radiation-contaminated soil.