Ishin's Osaka wing hopes Tamogami loses in Tokyo

| Jan 18, 2014

Ishin's Osaka wing hopes Tamogami loses in Tokyo

To the frustration — and rising panic — of nuclear village chieftain and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tokyo’s gubernatorial election next month is shaping up to be a contest not about “local” issues like the 2020 Tokyo Olympics or even perennial complaints such as ...

Incumbent leading in Nago race

Jan 17, 2014

Incumbent leading in Nago race

As voters in Nago, Okinawa, prepare for Sunday's mayoral election, polls show the incumbent, who strongly opposes relocating the Futenma military base to the city's Henoko district, is leading his pro-base rival.

Jan 15, 2014

Hashimoto sued over scrubbed trip

Six members of a local citizens’ watchdog group file a civil suit against the city of Osaka, demanding that Mayor Toru Hashimoto repay the nearly ¥700,000 bill the city footed after he canceled a trip to the U.S. last June.

Citizens seek nuclear-free Shimane

Jan 6, 2014

Citizens seek nuclear-free Shimane

Shimane Prefecture citizens seeking to enact a local ordinance that would phase out nuclear power and develop renewable energy sources have collected more than 92,000 signatures of support from registered voters, well over the minimum needed to force the governor to introduce the ordinance ...

Energy rivals to face eased demand

Dec 31, 2013

Energy rivals to face eased demand

Even as new renewable energy projects come online and changes in the law designed to increase competition and use power generated from all sources more efficiently start to come into effect this year, predictions for the nation’s energy landscape show total energy consumption slightly ...

Nago race now down to just two candidates

Dec 26, 2013

Nago race now down to just two candidates

January’s Nago mayoral election is now a two-man race after ex-Mayor Yoshikazu Shimabukuro ended his bid and threw his support behind Bunshin Suematsu, a Liberal Democratic Party prefectural assembly member heavily backed by Tokyo. A pro-base candidate, Suematsu is being challenged by current Mayor ...