Volunteers work to clean up, reforest Kyoto's 'Poet's Mount'

Aug 22, 2013

Volunteers work to clean up, reforest Kyoto's 'Poet's Mount'

Sitting on the northern side of the Hozu River gorge, on the western side of Kyoto, Mount Ogura has long been associated with the literary world, and is known as the “Poet’s Mount.” Heian Period (794-1185) courtier poets sang of its natural beauty and, ...

Defense firms pushing to boost role

| Aug 12, 2013

Defense firms pushing to boost role

With pressure mounting from U.S. defense officials and the powerful Keidanren business group on the government to relax arms export restrictions, the military-industrial lobbies in Washington and Tokyo hope the future bilateral security relationship will incorporate their interests more robustly. At the same time, ...

Hashimoto advocate Sakaiya to advise Abe

Aug 12, 2013

Hashimoto advocate Sakaiya to advise Abe

Taichi Sakaiya, 78, the man credited with persuading Osaka Mayor and Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) co-leader Toru Hashimoto to trade the world of television punditry for the world of politics, has been appointed as an adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ...

Nuke opponents feud over bombs vs. power

Aug 6, 2013

Nuke opponents feud over bombs vs. power

Every August, thousands of visitors from Japan and around the world gather in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to commemorate the dropping of the atomic bombs. In addition to the solemn ceremonies that draw survivors and VIPs, there are numerous side events dedicated to seeking the ...

| Jul 22, 2013

Farmers stealing TPP spotlight from other key issues

While a great deal of political and media attention is focusing on what the Trans-Pacific Partnership might mean for Japan’s agricultural sector, less is being devoted to how it could impact investor-state disputes and copyright laws, two controversial areas that present a growing challenge ...

Jul 22, 2013

Defiant Nippon Ishin pauses on resignations

After an election that saw only eight of its 44 candidates win seats in Sunday’s Upper House election, Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) leaders were stressing the need for a unified opposition against the Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito ruling coalition. With talk ...

Hashimoto in limbo after trouncing

Jul 22, 2013

Hashimoto in limbo after trouncing

The future of Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) co-leader Toru Hashimoto remained unclear Sunday evening following the party’s poor performance in the Upper House election. “This isn’t a victory. It’s not something to be proud of,” Hashimoto, also the mayor of Osaka, ...

Ishin's woes go beyond Hashimoto's gaffes

Jul 19, 2013

Ishin's woes go beyond Hashimoto's gaffes

While Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) battles for seats in Sunday’s Upper House election, it has given up on two key local races where the expected winners oppose its fundamental goals, further eroding support in its Kansai base. The Hyogo gubernatorial race ...