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 ...

Ise braces for tourism boom following G-7

Dec 10, 2015

Ise braces for tourism boom following G-7

On an early weekday afternoon at the shops lined up in front of JR Ise station, business was fairly brisk. Visitors to nearby Ise Shrine stopped off at the numerous souvenir shops, which boast local agricultural products ranging from miso paste and oysters to ...

Nov 27, 2015

Kepco files bid to extend life of aging Mihama reactor

Kansai Electric Power Co. formally submitted an application to the Nuclear Regulation Authority on Thursday for permission to extend the life of its aging Mihama No. 3 reactor for up to another two decades. The reactor will turn 40 years old in December 2016. ...