So that’s a vote for Hokkaido’s Tomari nuclear power plant restart then

I see in today’s Hokkaido Prefectural election, the anti-nuclear candidate Noriyuki Sato lost. A couple of weeks ago I saw him on the television where he said:

「この知事選は、原発か脱原発かの住民投票だ」

So, since he lost, he will accept the voice of the people. Bonus points to anyone who finds him contradicting that stance in post-election interviews.

 

  1. Well, it looks like it’s all just been jolly unfair because his opponent won in a thoroughly beastly and bullying fashion by, er, being more popular and getting more people off their arses and out to vote for him than Sato did. If only the sheeple could grasp the TRUTH…

    「この投票率の低さでは勝てない。相手は大政党がバックの軍艦で、こちらはみんなで 漕(こ)いで進む手こぎボート。脱原発の訴えは届かなかった」と悔しさをにじませた。”

    Alternative quote:

    「相手は軍艦で私は手こぎ舟。この投票率の低さでは、(自民、公明両党の)組織に勝てなかった」

    Plus from the same source, “yeah, well that whole referendum on nuclear power thing…this one doesn’t count because I failed to get enough people to vote for me.”

    「今回の知事選は脱原発か原発かの道民投票」と訴えたものの、「この投票率では道民投票にならなかった。投票率を上げる責任は私にもあった」と頭を下げた。

    And, “Won’t somebody think of the children?”

    今後については「何も考えていない。北海道と子どもたちの将来が大変心配です」と述べるにとどめた。

    I think he should start a boating lake for them.

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  2. People likely had thoughts of the recent rise in the electricity bills on their minds- plus 15% for the average household, plus 20% for businesses. More coal burning plants too.

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  3. @VK: Heh, I didn’t think it would be quite so easy to find him backpedaling. :facepalm:

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