Mayor Futoshi Toba is serving his second term as Mayor of Rikuzentakata, Japan. He was elected to the city's Council in 1995 for three terms and served as the Deputy Mayor from 2007 to 2011. He was first elected as Mayor in 2011, one month prior to the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
The devastating tragedy claimed thousands of lives, amongst the casualties was Mayor Toba's wife. Five years on, he dutifully fulfills the dual role of father to both his sons as well as visionary leader to the citizens of Rikuzentakata.