Hashimoto stays in the hot seat

May 17, 2013

Hashimoto stays in the hot seat

International condemnation of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's comment that the wartime sex slavery system was necessary continues, with the U.S. calling his remarks outrageous and offensive.

Hashimoto takes flak for sex slave rationale

May 15, 2013

Hashimoto takes flak for sex slave rationale

The backlash against Osaka political maverick Toru Hashimoto escalates over his remarks justifying Japan's wartime sex slave system and his suggestion that U.S. soldiers in Okinawa use more prostitutes.

Kyoto's cultural treasures at mercy of Fukui reactors

May 8, 2013

Kyoto's cultural treasures at mercy of Fukui reactors

Each spring, thousands of tourists visit the ancient capital of Kyoto to enjoy what, for many, is the quintessential Japanese experience of viewing cherry blossoms in the cradle of the nation’s traditional culture. During this time, as well as when the leaves turn in ...

Hashimoto rips Sakai mayor over integration vote

May 8, 2013

Hashimoto rips Sakai mayor over integration vote

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, coleader of Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party), criticized on Tuesday a proposal by Sakai Mayor Osami Takeyama to hold a city referendum on participating in an integrated Osaka, calling it nonsense and a political stunt. “Ridiculous. What’s going ...

Heritage status will mean big changes

May 2, 2013

Heritage status will mean big changes

Local and prefectural governments and businesses surrounding Mount Fuji welcomed the news that the World Heritage Committee is expected to designate Japan’s most famous and popular mountain as a World Heritage site, despite concerns about what it will mean to the local environment and ...