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 ...