Shiga Prefecture mulls name change to draw more visitors

Apr 28, 2015

Shiga Prefecture mulls name change to draw more visitors

What’s in a name? For Shiga Prefecture, it’s a question of identity, and one that residents will have a formal opportunity to consider changing next month. Shiga Gov. Taizo Mikazuki said Monday the prefecture will conduct a survey in June of 3,000 residents, asking ...

Osaka merger referendum gets underway

Apr 27, 2015

Osaka merger referendum gets underway

An unprecedented referendum campaign on the future of the city of Osaka kicked off Monday with appeals from Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s Osaka Ishin no Kai (One Osaka) and from the major established political parties, which all oppose him. On May 17, the city’s roughly ...

| Apr 16, 2015

Takahama nuclear restart injunction polarizing

A provisional injunction handed down Tuesday by the Fukui District Court against the restarting of Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama No. 3 and 4 reactors is a boost to opponents of nuclear power, even as the decision draws criticism from senior politicians, nuclear regulators, ...