Feb 2, 2014

Hashimoto to quit, seek new election

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto said Saturday that he will step down to test the people’s will in a new election on his main policy goal of merging the Osaka prefectural and municipal governments into one entity. The embattled co-leader of Nippon Ishin no Kai ...

Jan 26, 2014

Jury still out on Kansai union's worth

by Eric Johnston

A useless talk shop that will ultimately be remembered as a massive waste of taxpayer money, or a farsighted experiment that will someday be seen as the forerunner of a fundamentally new system of central government? That’s the question that supporters and critics of ...

The influences on and of Tetsumi Kudo

Dec 25, 2013

The influences on and of Tetsumi Kudo

by Matthew Larking

“Collection 3 — Works Related to Your Portrait: A Tetsumi Kudo Retrospective: From Anti-art of the 1960s to Art of the Present Day” is a contextual exhibition accompanying the superb “Tetsumi Kudo Retrospective” at the National Museum of Art, Osaka. It brings together foreign ...

Dec 17, 2013

Osaka drops railway sale after nixing Lone Star

Osaka Prefecture has canceled the ¥78.1 billion sale of a commuter rail line after local lawmakers rejected U.S.-based Lone Star Funds as the winning bidder, according to a source. The prefectural government hasn’t decided whether to start another auction of Osaka Prefectural Urban Development ...

Kansai airport luring budget carriers

Dec 13, 2013

Kansai airport luring budget carriers

New Kansai International Airport Co. President Keiichi Ando says his firm is sounding out foreign low-cost carriers, including China’s Spring Airlines and Singapore Airlines’ Scoot, about flying out of Osaka. In a recent interview, Ando said the company is also thinking of recruiting Indonesian ...

Dec 13, 2013

Osaka police face charges over coverup

Osaka police turned over to prosecutors Friday cases against nine of their own, including former superintendents, in connection with the falsification of investigation records for a 41-year-old man taken into custody last year. The man in custody had allegedly become violent with police and ...