Jan 12, 2016

Mayoral candidates in Okinawa face off over U.S. base

Less than two weeks remain until a local election that may influence both the planned relocation of the Futenma military base and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s effort to secure a two-thirds majority in this summer’s Upper House election. The Jan. 24 mayoral election in ...

Governor and mayor push for Osaka to become Japan's vice capital

Dec 28, 2015

Governor and mayor push for Osaka to become Japan's vice capital

Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui and Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura took the first step Monday toward realizing their dream of making Osaka the nation’s second — or vice — capital. The two leaders opened an office consisting of prefectural and municipal bureaucrats tasked with looking ...

Fukui defies critics of nuclear evacuation plan

| Dec 27, 2015

Fukui defies critics of nuclear evacuation plan

Last week’s approval by Fukui Gov. Issei Nishikawa to restart two Takahama nuclear reactors, followed by the Fukui District Court’s lifting of a provisional injunction, means Japan will soon fire up its third and fourth reactors since 2012. “I made my decision after the ...

| Dec 19, 2015

Curtain finally falls on the 'Toru Hashimoto Show'

“Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” — attributed to Mark Twain On Dec. 18, the “Toru Hashimoto Show” concluded its nearly eight-year run in Osaka with applause, tears and calls for an encore performance among its fans, and expressions of relief among its ...

Hashimoto's political career pauses, for now

Dec 18, 2015

Hashimoto's political career pauses, for now

The curtain came down on Toru Hashimoto’s nearly eight-year political career Friday, with the Osaka mayor finishing his term in office. But few expect Hashimoto to stay retired from politics long, with speculation growing that he will head to Tokyo sometime next year, either ...