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 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.

Oct 3, 2013

Outlook dims for a greater Osaka

The defeat of an Osaka Ishin no Kai candidate in a mayoral election Sunday has dimmed the outlook for Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's idea of creating a greater Osaka administrative area.