Oi ruling may fuel anti-nuclear push

| May 22, 2014

Oi ruling may fuel anti-nuclear push

Wednesday’s court ruling blocking restarts of the No. 3 and 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi plant may embolden opponents of nuclear power nationwide. It creates a legal precedent and could fuel resistance to restarts, throwing into question whether the administration of ...

May 17, 2014

Why Kansai's corporate captains are trumpeting TPP

Several years ago, at the Kansai Economic Seminar, an annual snoozefest of pompous platitudes and pretentious, paternalistic pontificating by the old men who run Kansai’s major corporations, one senior leader called for entering the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Reflecting the conventional wisdom on PowerPoint slides, ...

May 13, 2014

Inamine to lead anti-base group to Washington

Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine will lead a delegation of Okinawa residents and politicians to Washington on Thursday, as tensions rise between the mayor and the central government over the plan to build a U.S. military replacement base in the city’s Henoko district. The central ...

Bid to stop Oi reactor restarts fails

May 9, 2014

Bid to stop Oi reactor restarts fails

The Osaka High Court rejected an appeal Friday by Kansai-area citizens who were seeking an injunction to prevent the restart of the Oi No. 3 and 4 reactors in Fukui Prefecture. Some 253 residents opposed the restart of the two reactors on safety grounds, ...

Populist Hashimoto a true 'yankii'?

Apr 29, 2014

Populist Hashimoto a true 'yankii'?

In Japanese politics, someone labeled a "yankii" is something of a populist who disdains cosmopolitanism and intellectual elitism. But does that apply to outspoken Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto?

| Apr 27, 2014

Off-the-radar Kansai offers advantages to startups

Ever since St. Francis Xavier arrived in Kagoshima in August 1549, official Japan has preferred foreigners of a certain type: prestigious leaders who are status-quo-oriented and have a large organization backing their ventures here. On the other hand, small, scrappy foreign entrepreneurs wanting to ...

Summit kept to script that sidestepped many issues

| Apr 24, 2014

Summit kept to script that sidestepped many issues

High-level summits like Thursday’s between U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are mostly scripted affairs, with a clearly defined agenda revolving around the most pressing, or politically important, issues. The Japan-U.S. summit covered America’s military commitments to Japan under the bilateral ...