/ Dec 19, 2015

Abe to meet ex-Osaka Mayor Hashimoto Saturday night

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to meet with former Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto on Saturday night at a Tokyo hotel, a political source said, only a day after the populist mayor left office declaring he is retiring from politics. Also set to attend the ...

Hashimoto's political career pauses, for now

/ Dec 18, 2015

Hashimoto's political career pauses, for now

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The curtain came down on Toru Hashimoto’s nearly eight-year political career Friday, with the Osaka mayor finishing his term in office. But few expect Hashimoto to stay retired from politics long, with speculation growing that he will head to Tokyo sometime next year, either ...

/ Dec 6, 2015

Matsui reportedly to succeed Hashimoto as Osaka Ishin leader

Osaka Ishin no Kai (One Osaka) is considering picking its secretary-general, Ichiro Matsui, who is also governor of Osaka Prefecture, to succeed Toru Hashimoto as party leader. Former Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Toranosuke Katayama, an Osaka Ishin lawmaker in the Upper House, will ...

Nov 25, 2015

Ramifications of Osaka elections

Osaka Ishin no Kai's big win in Sunday's elections had national repercussions, but it still needs to work with the opposition to get anything done at the local level.

Election wins energize Osaka Ishin

/ Nov 23, 2015

Election wins energize Osaka Ishin

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The landslide victories scored Sunday by Osaka Ishin no Kai (One Osaka) in the gubernatorial and mayoral elections give its new national counterpart a strong advantage in recruiting for next summer's Upper House election and have the establishment parties on their heels.