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 ...

Apr 24, 2014

Abe Futenma plan hailed by Nakaima

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima welcomed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s announcement Thursday that he would seek U.S. President Barack Obama’s cooperation in closing U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa within five years. “The fact that both leaders shared a recognition about the importance ...

| Apr 19, 2014

America: the superpower ally that's far, far away

Japan is, at heart, politically as well as geographically, a country of small towns. One of these is home to the Japanese-American political relationship. Populated by distinguished elders and ambitious young courtiers from government and academia on both sides of the Pacific, this village ...

Apr 15, 2014

Hyogo blocks release of nuke crisis study data

Hyogo officials are blocking the release of data from a simulation run last year predicting what would happen to surrounding prefectures in the event of a meltdown crisis at one of Fukui Prefecture’s four atomic plants.

Apr 11, 2014

Congress top obstacle to TPP deal

Failure by Japanese and U.S. negotiators to reach a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is making headlines across Japan and raising concerns about the implications for U.S. President Barack Obama’s trip here later this month. But as two U.S. congressional representatives and a Washington-based group opposed ...