Hashimoto advocate Sakaiya to advise Abe

Aug 12, 2013

Hashimoto advocate Sakaiya to advise Abe

by Eric Johnston

Taichi Sakaiya, 78, the man credited with persuading Osaka Mayor and Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) co-leader Toru Hashimoto to trade the world of television punditry for the world of politics, has been appointed as an adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ...

Jul 22, 2013

Defiant Nippon Ishin pauses on resignations

by Eric Johnston

After an election that saw only eight of its 44 candidates win seats in Sunday’s Upper House election, Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) leaders were stressing the need for a unified opposition against the Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito ruling coalition. With talk ...

Hashimoto in limbo after trouncing

Jul 22, 2013

Hashimoto in limbo after trouncing

by Eric Johnston

The future of Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) co-leader Toru Hashimoto remained unclear Sunday evening following the party’s poor performance in the Upper House election. “This isn’t a victory. It’s not something to be proud of,” Hashimoto, also the mayor of Osaka, ...

Jul 20, 2013

Hashimoto hunting for post-election allies

Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) co-leader Toru Hashimoto is looking to team up with other opposition parties after Sunday’s House of Councilors poll to counter the ruling bloc. “Following the Upper House election, political parties will be in two camps,” Hashimoto said ...