FUKUOKA -- Three general election candidates running in one of the districts badly affected by torrential rain over the summer -- the Fukuoka 5th constituency -- have all pledged to bring about early recovery in the region, the Mainichi Shimbun has learned.
The three candidates, representing the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), the Party of Hope and the Japanese Communist Party (JCP), respectively, have all promised to revitalize affected areas after 37 people were killed and numerous homes were destroyed as a result of torrential rain across Fukuoka and Oita prefectures in July.
"I have doubts about dissolving the House of Representatives and holding a general election at this particular time. However, now that the poll has been called, I want recovery in the affected areas to be made the top priority," uttered Tatsuo Ide to one of the candidates, who visited the Fukuoka prefectural city of Asakura for campaigning.
Ide, a 76-year-old man whose home in Asakura's Hakisozu district was largely destroyed by the torrential rain, now lives with three other family members in temporary housing in Ukiha in the same prefecture.
The number of homes in Asakura and the Fukuoka prefectural village of Toho that were completely or partially destroyed by the heavy rain has risen to 1,077 (as of Oct. 6) and four people remain missing.