Citizens seek nuclear-free Shimane

Jan 6, 2014

Citizens seek nuclear-free Shimane

Shimane Prefecture citizens seeking to enact a local ordinance that would phase out nuclear power and develop renewable energy sources have collected more than 92,000 signatures of support from registered voters, well over the minimum needed to force the governor to introduce the ordinance ...

Energy rivals to face eased demand

Dec 31, 2013

Energy rivals to face eased demand

Even as new renewable energy projects come online and changes in the law designed to increase competition and use power generated from all sources more efficiently start to come into effect this year, predictions for the nation’s energy landscape show total energy consumption slightly ...

Nago race now down to just two candidates

Dec 26, 2013

Nago race now down to just two candidates

January’s Nago mayoral election is now a two-man race after ex-Mayor Yoshikazu Shimabukuro ended his bid and threw his support behind Bunshin Suematsu, a Liberal Democratic Party prefectural assembly member heavily backed by Tokyo. A pro-base candidate, Suematsu is being challenged by current Mayor ...

| Dec 22, 2013

Kyoto aims to be Muslim-friendly city

Kyoto, a city known worldwide as a major center for Buddhism and as the home of some of the country’s most famous Shinto shrines, is stepping up efforts to better welcome one particular group of foreign visitors: Muslims. With the number of Muslim tourists ...

Ishin loses control of Osaka Prefectural Assembly

Dec 17, 2013

Ishin loses control of Osaka Prefectural Assembly

Osaka Ishin no Kai (One Osaka), a local political group that is part of Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party), has lost its majority in the Osaka Prefectural Assembly after four members were expelled Monday for voting against the group’s proposal to privatize ...

| Dec 14, 2013

State secrets bill shows Abe's tin ear for local politics

Former U.S. Speaker of the House Thomas “Tip” O’Neill, one of America’s most influential politicians of the late 20th century, had some sage advice for those who thought about national or international politics. “All politics,” O’Neill warned, “is local.” It’s a lesson Tokyo’s political ...

Nakaima maintains government aid not tied to Futenma relocation

Dec 9, 2013

Nakaima maintains government aid not tied to Futenma relocation

Relocating the Futenma military base was not on the agenda in talks on central government budget assistance for Okinawa, its governor and Tokyo’s top official for the prefecture insisted Sunday. By law, Okinawa receives money every year from the central government for various public ...