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 ...

Jul 2, 2014

U.S. hails defense revamp

Tuesday’s decision by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet to reinterpret the Constitution to allow collective self-defense has divided Japan, with some people fearing it would drag the nation into a U.S.-led war. But in the U.S., the change is being hailed as a positive ...

Jun 30, 2014

Ishin-Komeito ties fray in Osaka

Relations between Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) and New Komeito continue to deteriorate, with party heads Toru Hashimoto and Ichiro Matsui preparing to challenge two Osaka-based New Komeito leaders in the next Lower House election. At an all-party meeting Saturday, Hashimoto and ...

Jun 23, 2014

Foreign maids the talk of Kansai zone

Discussions began in Osaka on Monday on a proposed special economic zone in the Kansai region that will include an experimental program to attract foreign maids to the region. An initiative backed by the central government, the zone is a series of locations in ...

Gambling experts await green light

Jun 22, 2014

Gambling experts await green light

At last month’s Global Gaming Expo Asia (G2E) in Macau, casino and resort operators, game machine manufacturers, government officials and countless others gathered to review gaming laws and markets in countries ranging from Vietnam to China and the Philippines. But at this year’s G2E ...