Feb 21, 2014

Nippon Ishin to stay out of mayor poll

Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) will officially stay out of the March 23 Osaka mayoral snap election, which its co-leader, Mayor Toru Hashimoto, forced earlier this month after he resigned to protest opposition in the municipal assembly toward merging Osaka’s municipal and ...

| Feb 15, 2014

Leave Article 9 alone: New Komeito's Osaka women

Political alliances often resemble shotgun weddings. But Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and smaller opposition forces such as Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) that are pushing to amend the Constitution are now ...

Kennedy to pay highly anticipated visit to Okinawa

Feb 10, 2014

Kennedy to pay highly anticipated visit to Okinawa

U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy arrives in Okinawa Tuesday for a highly anticipated visit that will center on the U.S. military presence and the unpopular relocation of a Marine base within the prefecture. While scheduled to meet with Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima, senior local business ...

Hashimoto submits resignation to assembly

Feb 7, 2014

Hashimoto submits resignation to assembly

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto formally submitted his resignation Friday to the head of the municipal assembly, setting the stage for a snap election in mid or late March. “I would like to seek a fresh mandate from voters to achieve a breakthrough” in the ...

Feb 7, 2014

More female execs urged in Kansai

An annual gathering of Kansai’s corporate leaders closed Friday with calls to strengthen the role of women in society. The Kansai Economic Seminar, which started Thursday, drew about 550 corporate leaders from the region, virtually all of whom are male. Nationwide, only about 11 ...

Hashimoto may face only a JCP candidate in election

Feb 4, 2014

Hashimoto may face only a JCP candidate in election

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto may run against only a Japanese Communist Party candidate in the snap election he forced by announcing his resignation Monday, while tensions between his Osaka Ishin no Kai (One Osaka) group and its coalition partner, New Komeito, escalate over the ...