Takuro Kishimoto

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Diet staffers jump on tourism-promotion drive

Jun 28, 2015

Diet staffers jump on tourism-promotion drive

The Diet is making efforts to boost its appeal as a Tokyo tourist attraction, and members of the administrative staff who come up with good ideas have been pitching in and acting as tour guides. Last December, the secretariat in charge of the building ...

Legislators turning to Internet for funds

Jun 24, 2014

Legislators turning to Internet for funds

Younger lawmakers are increasingly turning to crowdfunding as a way of raising money to finance their political activities. Ryota Kimura, a 30-year-old member of the Hirakata Municipal Assembly in Osaka Prefecture, recently asked for ¥100,000 on an online crowdfunding site to cover some of ...

Jul 18, 2009

Quake monitoring site has roots in wartime

NAGANO — A large underground display screen on a mountain in the city of Nagano reflected an abnormal seismic wave with an alarm at 9:54:40 a.m. May 25. Matsushiro Seismological Observatory officials studied the earthquake wave, pinpointed its direction and distance and immediately reported ...