Nippon Ishin's future seen riding on Sakai mayor race

Sep 27, 2013

Nippon Ishin's future seen riding on Sakai mayor race

Sunday’s mayoral contest in Sakai, one of Japan’s most independent-minded cities, is expected to decide not only the fate of a plan to merge Osaka prefectural cities into a single administrative entity, but also the fate of national-level efforts to create a new opposition ...

TPP, Hague treaty, Senkakus to top agenda for Kennedy

Sep 24, 2013

TPP, Hague treaty, Senkakus to top agenda for Kennedy

At her Senate hearing last week, Caroline Kennedy, tipped to be the next U.S. ambassador to Japan, faced numerous questions about the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, tensions over the Senkaku Islands, and what she would do about nearly 400 cases of American children allegedly abducted ...

If U.S. comes calling, will Abe back Syria strike?

Sep 12, 2013

If U.S. comes calling, will Abe back Syria strike?

With a comprehensive attempt under way to find a diplomatic solution in Syria, punitive U.S. military strikes planned for its alleged use of chemical weapons last month have been postponed after appearing imminent just a few days ago. But if Washington decides to ignore ...

Fukushima spill snags reactor restart quest

Aug 29, 2013

Fukushima spill snags reactor restart quest

The Fukushima No. 1 power plant's continued pollution of the Pacific is fueling growing domestic and international concern about radiation hazards, clouding plans by utilities and the government to quickly restart a dozen reactors.

Aug 28, 2013

Gaffe-shy Hashimoto keeps media at bay

With a critical local election looming, Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) co-leader and Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto declares that a fundraising event and strategy session Friday will be closed to the media.