Sep 3, 2015

Ishin's Katayama to join Hashimoto's planned new party

Ishin no To (Japan Innovation Party) heavyweight Toranosuke Katayama has become the latest lawmaker to join Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s planned new political party after declaring his support for the “grand experiment.” Hashimoto, who leads regional party Osaka Ishin no Kai (One Osaka) and ...

Sep 1, 2015

Yet another opposition shake-up

The breakup of Ishin no To opens up a new chapter in the saga of the opposition camp, which has remained splintered since the DPJ fell from power in 2012.

Sep 1, 2015

Panel supports abolishing Osaka governor retirement pay

An Osaka prefectural panel on Tuesday reportedly backed a proposal by Gov. Ichiro Matsui to abolish all retirement pay for the position. The panel on remuneration for special government posts recommended that the retirement allowance for governors should be broken up and converted into ...

Osaka to send letter to San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue

Aug 11, 2015

Osaka to send letter to San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue

The Osaka Municipal Government will ask San Francisco’s city council to carefully examine a resolution that supports establishment of a statue honoring the “comfort women” who worked at wartime Japanese military brothels, officials said. Osaka City Hall will send a letter to the assembly ...