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Is 'Kobe Formula' spanner in works?

Jul 27, 2014

Is 'Kobe Formula' spanner in works?

On March 18, 1975, in a show of defiance against Japan-U.S. military policy, the Kobe Municipal Assembly passed a resolution that became known as the “Kobe Formula.” From that day forward, the resolution said, any ship carrying nuclear weapons would not be allowed to ...

Self-defense less collective at local level

| Jul 27, 2014

Self-defense less collective at local level

After the Shiga gubernatorial election earlier this month, in which Taizo Mikazuki, the hand-picked successor to former Gov. Yukiko Kada, defeated the ruling coalition’s candidate, certain media agencies and pundits suggested that collective self-defense had no impact on the race. Such arguments were factually ...

Jul 24, 2014

In Osaka, plan to merge wards faces stiff winds

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and his Osaka Ishin no Kai (One Osaka) political group formally approved a plan Wednesday evening to consolidate the city’s 24 wards into five semiautonomous zones with their own elected leaders and assemblies rather than appointed officials. But with all ...

LDP candidate flounders in Shiga governor race

Jul 14, 2014

LDP candidate flounders in Shiga governor race

In a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the ruling coalition, Shiga voters chose as their next governor Taizo Mikazuki, the designated successor to Yukiko Kada, over a candidate heavily backed by the Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito. The election was the ...

Jul 8, 2014

Odds fall on USJ casino ambition

As Osaka moves forward with plans to build an integrated resort complex in the hope that the Diet will soon legalize casinos, the future role of the Universal Studios Japan theme park remains unclear. Management is in a long-running dispute with Osaka municipal officials ...