Upset in Niigata pushing LDP to review nuclear energy policy October 17, 2016 THE ASAHI SHIMBUN http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201610170029.html
An opposition-backed candidate’s victory in the Niigata gubernatorial election threw the Abe administration into a state of shock over the possible consequences to its nuclear energy policy and its standing on the national level. Niigata Governor-elect Ryuichi Yoneyama has taken a cautious stance on restarting the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in the prefecture, the key issue in the gubernatorial election north of Tokyo.... the voters’ rejection of the coalition-backed candidate means the Abe administration will have to review its energy policy.
and the new governor-elect calls for an investigation of the Fukushima nuclear crisis:
Niigata governor-elect calls for Fukushima nuclear crisis investigation http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20161017/p2a/00m/0na/008000c
NIIGATA -- Governor-elect Ryuichi Yoneyama has called for getting to the bottom of the Fukushima nuclear crisis before debating the pros and cons of restarting the local atomic power station... Yoneyama said he is prepared to cooperate with an investigation being conducted by a panel comprised of the prefectural government and TEPCO into an incident in which the utility had concealed that meltdowns occurred at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex.