Sep 12, 2015

Lawmakers not enthusiastic about Hashimoto's new party

The new national political party planned by Toru Hashimoto, Osaka’s mayor and the former lead adviser of Ishin no To (Japan Innovation Party), has received only a lukewarm reception so far from opposition lawmakers, Jiji Press learned Saturday. Some 17 members of Ishin’s 51 ...

Sep 1, 2015

Yet another opposition shake-up

The breakup of Ishin no To opens up a new chapter in the saga of the opposition camp, which has remained splintered since the DPJ fell from power in 2012.

Sep 1, 2015

Panel supports abolishing Osaka governor retirement pay

An Osaka prefectural panel on Tuesday reportedly backed a proposal by Gov. Ichiro Matsui to abolish all retirement pay for the position. The panel on remuneration for special government posts recommended that the retirement allowance for governors should be broken up and converted into ...