Osaka merger referendum gets underway

Apr 27, 2015

Osaka merger referendum gets underway

by Eric Johnston

An unprecedented referendum campaign on the future of the city of Osaka kicked off Monday with appeals from Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s Osaka Ishin no Kai (One Osaka) and from the major established political parties, which all oppose him. On May 17, the city’s roughly ...

Apr 6, 2015

Public opposition to Osaka merger plan growing: poll

More people oppose Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s plan to give the city the same administrative structure and status as Tokyo than support it, according to a new Kyodo News survey. In the telephone survey conducted Saturday and Sunday, 47.5 percent of the Osaka residents ...

Mar 22, 2015

To reorganize Osaka or not

A plan to reorganize the city of Osaka into five special districts appears on its way to an unprecedented referendum in which the 2.15 million eligible voters of western Japan's largest city will decide the future of their local administration as well as the ...