Mar 31, 2015

Lawyers draft ordinance to curb hate speech in Osaka

A group of lawyers and citizens has drafted an ordinance to crack down on the spread of hate speech and racist demonstrations in the city of Osaka. The anti-Korean group Zaitokukai recently organized a demonstration in Osaka’s Tsuruhashi district, home to a large population ...

'Rakugo' classic comic storyteller Beicho dies at 89

Mar 20, 2015

'Rakugo' classic comic storyteller Beicho dies at 89

Japanese rakugo classic comic storyteller Katsura Beicho died of pneumonia on Thursday evening, his office said. He was 89. Beicho, whose real name was Kiyoshi Nakagawa, was honored by the government as a living national treasure in 1996 and was awarded the Order of ...

Mar 9, 2015

Osaka couple arrested for allegedly getting their kids to shoplift

A waterproofing worker and his wife in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture, have been arrested on suspicion of forcing their three children to shoplift fishing equipment. The Osaka Prefectural Police said the couple allegedly handed fishing equipment worth around ¥17,000 to their 14-year-old son, 12-year-old son ...

Hong Kong fund buys Osaka's Kuidaore building

Mar 3, 2015

Hong Kong fund buys Osaka's Kuidaore building

A Hong Kong-based investment fund said Monday it has bought a commercial building in Osaka’s downtown Dotonbori district and hopes to place it on the tourist trail for Asian visitors. The building has a fun and locally famous gimmick: Kuidaore Taro, a bespectacled mechanical ...

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 ...