May 25, 2015

Ishin no To's future

Ishin no To must establish a clear identity if it is to survive and flourish following the departure of its co-founder Toru Hashimoto.

Curtain falls on atomic feud with Kepco

May 24, 2015

Curtain falls on atomic feud with Kepco

by Eric Johnston

They’re nothing but a bunch of overpaid, arrogant jerks who should have been fired long ago for their managerial incompetence, while he’s a just another crude loudmouth who has no idea what he’s talking about. Based on their public comments these past few years, ...

May 18, 2015

What now for Osaka, Hashimoto?

The failure of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's effort to reorganize Japan's second largest city will have major repercussions that extend to national politics.

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 ...