Will Tokyo become Hashimoto's Wonderland?

| Nov 14, 2015

Will Tokyo become Hashimoto's Wonderland?

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” — Alice Liddell from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” Six months have passed since Toru Hashimoto announced that when his term as Osaka mayor ends next month, he would ...

Nov 13, 2015

Mediation panel reviews latest move in Okinawa base spat

A third-party panel on Friday began reviewing the government’s decision last month to suspend Okinawa Prefecture’s decision to revoke permission for a landfill project at Henoko, where U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma is scheduled to be relocated. The government-appointed Central and Local Government ...

Nov 5, 2015

Three kick off race for Osaka governor

The campaign for the Osaka gubernatorial election, which takes place Nov. 22 along with the mayoral election, kicked off Thursday with three candidates. Incumbent Gov. Ichiro Matsui, 51, supported by the local political group Osaka Ishin no Kai (One Osaka), is seeking re-election by ...

NRA's 'new management' call for Monju reactor proves divisive

Nov 5, 2015

NRA's 'new management' call for Monju reactor proves divisive

Two decades after a sodium leak and fire shut it down and nearly six decades after it was first conceived, the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, suffered another blow Wednesday when the Nuclear Regulation Authority called for it to be turned ...

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's new party debuts

Oct 31, 2015

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's new party debuts

With the launch of Osaka Ishin no Kai on Saturday, which aims to take control of the Lower House within five years, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto kicked off his latest attempt to build an Osaka-based national political movement. But with mounting legal problems between ...