Jan 26, 2017

On casinos, Osaka moves forward as Yokohama steps back

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As a Liberal Democratic Party team tasked with recommending policies for casino resorts met this week, leaders in Osaka and Yokohama displayed opposite reactions to the prospect of hosting such facilities. On Wednesday, an LDP group began discussing a blueprint for the construction and ...

Ruling bloc finalizes Hokuriku Shinkansen extension route

Dec 21, 2016

Ruling bloc finalizes Hokuriku Shinkansen extension route

The ruling bloc has officially adopted a plan to extend the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line through the city of Obama in Fukui Prefecture and Kyoto Station in neighboring Kyoto Prefecture. The decision was made at a Tuesday project-team meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party ...

Dec 18, 2016

Four years of Abe in power

Four years on, Abe's grip on power seems as strong as ever. The question remains how and where he will use his ample political resources.

Diet enacts contentious casino legislation

Dec 15, 2016

Diet enacts contentious casino legislation

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The Diet enacted a law to legalize casinos Thursday morning amid ongoing public concerns over a raft of potential social ills, including surges in gambling addiction and organized crime. For Japan, it seems casino legalization could be equivalent to opening Pandora’s box. The nation ...