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Nuclear Policy on Back Burner in Fukushima Election Campaign

Fukushima, June 28 (Jiji Press)–Nuclear policy has been put on the back burner in the Fukushima prefectural constituency in the election campaign for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of Japan’s parliament.

Some 90,000 residents are still evacuated in the northeastern prefecture five years after the triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc.’s <9501> Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Two main candidates, one each from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the major opposition Democratic Party, are both campaigning to scrap all nuclear reactors in the prefecture.

But the candidates, the LDP’s Mitsuhide Iwaki and the DP’s Teruhiko Mashiko, both incumbents, have not elaborated on nuclear policy, reflecting gaps with their respective parties’ Tokyo headquarters.

On Wednesday, when the official campaign period for the July 10 Upper House election began, Prime Minister and LDP President Shinzo Abe criticized the DP’s predecessor, the Democratic Party of Japan, for delays in reconstruction efforts in the prefecture.

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