May 18, 2015

What now for Osaka, Hashimoto?

The failure of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's effort to reorganize Japan's second largest city will have major repercussions that extend to national politics.

Osaka merger referendum gets underway

Apr 27, 2015

Osaka merger referendum gets underway


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 ...