No final deal in TPP trade talks

Aug 1, 2015

No final deal in TPP trade talks

Efforts to conclude the framework for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement ended in failure Saturday, with negotiators unable to bridge differences over issues ranging from pharmaceutical patents to expanded imports of agricultural, and particularly dairy, products. The latest round of talks in Hawaii between Australia, ...

Kyoto bids to host Cultural Affairs Agency

Jul 30, 2015

Kyoto bids to host Cultural Affairs Agency

The city of Kyoto is stepping up efforts to become the new home of the Cultural Affairs Agency, which works to protect Japan’s officially designated cultural treasures. Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa, Kyoto Gov. Keiji Yamada and corporate executives in the Kansai region met Wednesday to ...

Osaka merger, rejected by referendum, is not dead yet

Jul 26, 2015

Osaka merger, rejected by referendum, is not dead yet

Hang on. Haven’t we seen this movie before? That’s the question Osaka voters could be forgiven for asking, following the Friday meeting with Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui and their opponents that degenerated into name-calling and ended with no progress on ...

To avoid raising eyebrows, entities swapping Kinki for Kansai

Jul 24, 2015

To avoid raising eyebrows, entities swapping Kinki for Kansai

In an effort to increase recognition abroad as well as prevent smirks, giggles, or shocked stares from English speakers, more businesses and private organizations are dropping the regional name “Kinki” from their titles and replacing it with “Kansai.” On Wednesday, the 71-member Kinki Federation ...

Jul 16, 2015

Panel finds 'flaws' in Henoko landfill approval

As the Lower House passed controversial security bills Thursday designed to deepen Japan’s military ties with the United States, Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga moved a step closer to halting work on a controversial new U.S. air base after an advisory panel found serious flaws ...