| Sep 24, 2015

Hashimoto gets typically Trump on protests

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto is many things to many people, but nobody doubts his skill in the art of provocation. “There are 100 million voters in Japan,” he said recently. “What percent of them are protesting in front of the Diet? The number is ...

Site of 1930s activism, Kyoto cafe is steeped in heritage

Sep 22, 2015

Site of 1930s activism, Kyoto cafe is steeped in heritage

Nestled away on a side street just south of the busy intersection of Shijo and Kiyamachi streets, the Western facade of the Salon de the Francois cafe stands out amidst the traditional machiya wooden townhouses. Inside, the Italian Baroque design, the classical music playing ...

'Violent outbreaks' feared after 13 yakuza brass split

Sep 2, 2015

'Violent outbreaks' feared after 13 yakuza brass split

A century after its founding, the Kobe-based Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan’s largest and most notorious crime syndicate, appears to have expelled 13 of its approximately 70 affiliated gang leaders Tuesday, creating local fears of related gang violence. The move, according to police and media reports, has ...