Magdalena Osumi

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Brexit could hamper Japan's efforts on EU deal: analysts

Jun 24, 2016

Brexit could hamper Japan's efforts on EU deal: analysts

Britain’s historic decision to leave the European Union could hamper Japan’s efforts on a trade deal with the EU as well as its relationship with Asian and other global partners, analysts said. The comments Friday came as the government here described its disappointment at ...

Tokyo gubernatorial election threatens annual fireworks display

Jun 22, 2016

Tokyo gubernatorial election threatens annual fireworks display

The July 31 election of a new Tokyo governor threatens a much-loved fixture in the city’s calendar: the annual Sumida River Fireworks Festival. Yoichi Masuzoe left office Tuesday in an expenses scandal, and city residents will now have to pick a successor. The fireworks ...

| Jun 13, 2016

Masuzoe clings to office as pressure mounts over funds scandal

Japanese Communist Party representatives in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly announced Monday the party’s decision to submit a no-confidence motion against Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe, which could force the embattled governor from office. Since late March, Masuzoe has faced strong criticism for inappropriate, personal use ...

Students visit Tokyo mosque to get unbiased glimpse of Islam

Jun 3, 2016

Students visit Tokyo mosque to get unbiased glimpse of Islam

A recent wave of terror has fueled anti-Muslim hostility worldwide, fostering a negative image of Islam — a faith still unfamiliar in Japan. But Japan’s youth have been seeking answers to questions including what Islam really teaches and why it is blamed for violence. ...

Masuzoe defiant on expenses furor

May 20, 2016

Masuzoe defiant on expenses furor

Embattled Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe said Friday his expense reports will from now on undergo scrutiny by third-party lawyers. He is under fire for allegedly charging the cost of his five-star travel accommodations and artwork purchases to taxpayers. “I am now waiting for responses ...

May 18, 2016

Tokyo reveals rare outbreak of tuberculosis, plays down ongoing risk

Nine people have contracted tuberculosis while 34 others have developed asymptomatic forms of the disease after coming into contact last year with an Asian student living in Tokyo, the metropolitan government has revealed. According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Social Welfare and Public Health ...