Sendai-based upstart taking on big Osaka appliance makers

/ May 25, 2017

Sendai-based upstart taking on big Osaka appliance makers

Iris Ohyama, based in Sendai, is taking on Osaka Prefecture’s more established home appliance makers, including Panasonic and Sharp, in the battle for consumers’ hearts and wallets. Iris joined the home appliance market in 2009 and its strategy of manufacturing cheaper alternatives to big-name ...

May 24, 2017

Efforts to combat homelessness showing results, survey shows

The number of homeless people in the nation decreased to 5,534 as of January, down 701 from a year earlier, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Tuesday. Homelessness has been declining since the ministry started compiling the statistics in 2003, apparently because ...

May 18, 2017

Three found dead in apparent family suicide in Osaka

Three people have been found dead at a private residence in Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture, in what is suspected to be a family suicide, police said. The bodies of office worker Kenji Hayashida, 60, his wife, 55, and their 25-year-old third son were found Wednesday ...

Demand for condos slowing in Tokyo but heating up in Osaka

May 8, 2017

Demand for condos slowing in Tokyo but heating up in Osaka

Demand for condominiums in Osaka is growing among family households as well as the wealthy, with the increasing supply of affordable properties a stark contrast to falling demand in central Tokyo. The number of new condos listed for sale in the city of Osaka, ...

Osaka launches formal bid to host 2025 World Expo

| May 1, 2017

Osaka launches formal bid to host 2025 World Expo

In a formal bid for Osaka to host the 2025 World Exposition (Expo), Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui and others, including head of the bidding committee and Keidanren Chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara, met with (Vincente G.) Loscertales, secretary general of the Expo's governing body Bureau International ...

Moritomo Gakuen applies for bankruptcy protection

Apr 21, 2017

Moritomo Gakuen applies for bankruptcy protection

The troubled Osaka school operator at the center of national political scrutiny applied for protection from creditors on Friday via court-mediated rehabilitation. The links alleged between nationalism-espousing school firm Moritomo Gakuen and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie, who promoted it, have ...