Feb 16, 2014

Over half in Osaka question Hashimoto re-election bid: poll

A majority of voters in the city of Osaka have doubts about the snap election nationalist Mayor Toru Hashimoto has called to seek judgement on his proposal to merge the Osaka prefectural and municipal governments, a Kyodo News survey said Sunday. In the telephone ...

Feb 8, 2014

Osaka to elect new mayor on March 23

The Osaka Municipal Government’s election board decided Saturday to hold a mayoral election March 23. Mayor Toru Hashimoto, who tendered his resignation Friday, said he will seek re-election to merge the prefectural and municipal governments into a single Osaka metropolitan government by winning “a ...

Feb 6, 2014

Hashimoto's self-serving gambit

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's resignation Friday before the city assembly is nothing more than a political maneuver to bypass a snag he encountered in his plan to integrate Osaka Prefecture and the city of Osaka.

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 ...