Feb 26, 2015

Osaka eyes setting up body to assess hate speech

A municipal panel on Wednesday proposed to the city of Osaka that it set up a body to judge whether racist demonstrations held on the streets amount to hate speech, in a bid to crack down on discrimination. The panel also said the names ...

Kansai proves no barrier to travel

Feb 7, 2015

Kansai proves no barrier to travel

by Suzanne Kamata

Having planned a family trip from our home in Tokushima Prefecture to Kobe and Osaka, we packed our 14-year-old daughter’s wheelchair in the car and took the highway to Awaji Island. By flashing our daughter’s red techo (an identification card for individuals with disabilities ...

Jan 22, 2015

South Korea's T'way Air to link Kansai with Seoul and Daegu

South Korean low-cost carrier T’way Air Co. will begin serving Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture in late March, with flights to Seoul and to Daegu in southeast South Korea. The carrier will launch its Kansai-Seoul route on March 29 with seven flights a ...

Jan 20, 2015

Osaka man held for injuring bicyclist by stringing wire across path

A man has been arrested for allegedly stretching a steel wire across a promenade in Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture, last week and injuring a bicyclist, police said. Toshikazu Tachibana, 69, an employee at an “okonomiyaki” (Japanese-style pancake) restaurant in Higashiosaka, is suspected of attempted murder ...