| Mar 15, 2014

Trade deals trump sex slave issue for Osakans

When Osaka Mayor and Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) co-leader Toru Hashimoto uttered his infamous remarks last May that Japan’s wartime sex slave system was necessary at the time, he was roundly — and rightly — condemned at home and abroad. It ...

Mar 9, 2014

Campaigning begins for Osaka mayoral race

Official campaigning began Sunday in the race to choose Osaka’s next mayor, with Toru Hashimoto seeking a return to the position he quit and a fresh mandate to overhaul local politics — but with major political parties distancing themselves from the poll. The combative ...

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.

Feb 21, 2014

Nippon Ishin to stay out of mayor poll

by Eric Johnston

Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) will officially stay out of the March 23 Osaka mayoral snap election, which its co-leader, Mayor Toru Hashimoto, forced earlier this month after he resigned to protest opposition in the municipal assembly toward merging Osaka’s municipal and ...

Feb 16, 2014

Over half in Osaka question Hashimoto re-election bid: poll

A majority of voters in the city of Osaka have doubts about the snap election nationalist Mayor Toru Hashimoto has called to seek judgement on his proposal to merge the Osaka prefectural and municipal governments, a Kyodo News survey said Sunday. In the telephone ...