Apr 7, 2015

Oregon governor's drought emergency declaration expanded

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared a drought emergency on Monday in three southern and central Oregon counties, expanding upon earlier drought declarations the Democrat made in March, as the state faces record low snowpack levels. Continuing drought has caused “natural and economic disaster conditions” ...

Feb 2, 2015

Omura re-elected governor of Aichi

Aichi Gov. Hideaki Omura sailed to re-election Sunday, defeating his lone opponent by more than 1.2 million votes. Omura, 54, received 1,629,147 votes, against 391,308 for Tamiko Komatsu, 64. Voter turnout slumped to 34.93 percent from 52.52 percent for the previous election four years ...

Jan 27, 2015

Panel to check former governor's OK of Futenma transfer

In a bid to block the planned relocation of the Futenma military base within Okinawa, the prefectural government has created a panel to examine the last governor’s approval of the offshore landfill project for the new site. The six-member panel, including lawyers and environmental ...

New Saga governor reconsiders Osprey deployment proposal

Jan 15, 2015

New Saga governor reconsiders Osprey deployment proposal

New Saga Gov. Yoshinori Yamaguchi said Wednesday he will undertake a new review of the proposal to militarize Saga airport by letting the Ground Self-Defense Force deploy a fleet of Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft there. His predecessor had supported the plan. “I will deal with ...

Last four on Maryland death row to have sentences commuted

Jan 1, 2015

Last four on Maryland death row to have sentences commuted

Maryland’s departing governor said Wednesday he will commute the capital sentences of the state’s last four inmates on death row to life in prison, saying executing them “does not serve the public good of the people of Maryland.” Two years ago, the state’s legislature ...

Dec 12, 2014

Okinawa governor may suspend Henoko landfill work

New Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga said Friday the prefectural government will consider rescinding its approval of landfill work needed to host a contentious U.S. military base. “If there is any defect in it, I will consider scrapping it,” said Onaga, referring to the approval ...

BOJ chief watching impact of falling yen after additional easing

Nov 25, 2014

BOJ chief watching impact of falling yen after additional easing

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Tuesday the central bank is closely watching the impact of the yen’s sharp fall against other major currencies following the bank’s additional monetary easing announced last month. Speaking to a meeting of business leaders in Nagoya, Kuroda ...

Jun 28, 2014

Nakaima might seek third term at helm of Okinawa

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima said Saturday he is considering running for a third term and will make a final decision soon. Nakaima, 74, told local chiefs and assembly members who support another run in the Nov. 16 election that he was pleased to have ...