Mar 25, 2014

Hashimoto fails in his gambit

Results of Osaka city's snap election Sunday suggest that Toru Hashimoto, although re-elected as mayor, fell short of his aim to garner sufficient voter support for his plan to integrate the city with Osaka Prefecture.

| Mar 15, 2014

Trade deals trump sex slave issue for Osakans

When Osaka Mayor and Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) co-leader Toru Hashimoto uttered his infamous remarks last May that Japan’s wartime sex slave system was necessary at the time, he was roundly — and rightly — condemned at home and abroad. It ...

Mar 9, 2014

Campaigning begins for Osaka mayoral race

Official campaigning began Sunday in the race to choose Osaka’s next mayor, with Toru Hashimoto seeking a return to the position he quit and a fresh mandate to overhaul local politics — but with major political parties distancing themselves from the poll. The combative ...

Mar 2, 2014

Hashimoto's costly political stunt

Osaka Mayor Toru Hoshimoto has lost his job after the city assembly declined to consent to his resignation. It's another step in a process that will culminate in his running for mayor again March 23, and likely confuse Osaka residents.