Feb 20, 2017

All of Japan's big cities plan bigger budgets for fiscal 2017

All 20 major cities across Japan have drafted budgets bigger than last year due to the transfer of revenue from prefectural governments for teacher pay. The revenue shift is part of power decentralization by the central government. Starting with fiscal 2017, which gets underway ...

Kyoto removing utility eyesores to revive old-time ambiance

Feb 8, 2017

Kyoto removing utility eyesores to revive old-time ambiance

The city of Kyoto and local residents are pushing to remove power poles from a main street in the Pontocho traditional entertainment district in a bid to recreate an old-fashioned townscape. The city government started work to lay utility lines underground this month, with ...