Hashimoto seeks Your Party tie-up

Jun 4, 2014

Hashimoto seeks Your Party tie-up

In a development that could create further tensions between the two main factions of soon to be divided Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party), co-leader Toru Hashimoto and Your Party head Keiichiro Asao announced a plan to coordinate key policies with the aim ...

Oi ruling may fuel anti-nuclear push

| May 22, 2014

Oi ruling may fuel anti-nuclear push

Wednesday’s court ruling blocking restarts of the No. 3 and 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi plant may embolden opponents of nuclear power nationwide. It creates a legal precedent and could fuel resistance to restarts, throwing into question whether the administration of ...

May 17, 2014

Why Kansai's corporate captains are trumpeting TPP

Several years ago, at the Kansai Economic Seminar, an annual snoozefest of pompous platitudes and pretentious, paternalistic pontificating by the old men who run Kansai’s major corporations, one senior leader called for entering the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Reflecting the conventional wisdom on PowerPoint slides, ...

May 13, 2014

Inamine to lead anti-base group to Washington

Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine will lead a delegation of Okinawa residents and politicians to Washington on Thursday, as tensions rise between the mayor and the central government over the plan to build a U.S. military replacement base in the city’s Henoko district. The central ...