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 ...

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 ...