Both sides say Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage

May 23, 2015

Both sides say Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage

Leaders on both sides of Ireland’s gay marriage campaign say advocates of legalization have won a resounding victory with the ballot count still under way. Senior figures from the “no” campaign, who sought to prevent Ireland’s constitution from being amended to permit gay marriage, ...

Osaka merger referendum gets underway

Apr 27, 2015

Osaka merger referendum gets underway

by Eric Johnston

An unprecedented referendum campaign on the future of the city of Osaka kicked off Monday with appeals from Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s Osaka Ishin no Kai (One Osaka) and from the major established political parties, which all oppose him. On May 17, the city’s roughly ...

Residents of remote isle back GSDF surveillance deployment

Feb 23, 2015

Residents of remote isle back GSDF surveillance deployment

A referendum Sunday in the Okinawan town of Yonaguni found that most voters support the planned deployment of a Ground Self-Defense Force surveillance unit. The outcome of the vote in the town of around 1,500 is not legally binding, but it supports Mayor Shukichi ...