Jan 15, 2014

Hashimoto sued over scrubbed trip

by Eric Johnston

Six members of a local citizens’ watchdog group file a civil suit against the city of Osaka, demanding that Mayor Toru Hashimoto repay the nearly ¥700,000 bill the city footed after he canceled a trip to the U.S. last June.

Bunraku storyteller speaks out

Dec 4, 2013

Bunraku storyteller speaks out

by Ayako Takahashi

During the early part of the Edo Period, when Japan was ruled by Tokugawa shoguns from 1603-1867, Osaka — the main city in the Kansai region of western Honshu — thrived as the country’s cultural and economic center. It was during those heady days ...

The method behind the brashness

Oct 27, 2013

The method behind the brashness

by Eric Johnston

Osaka While his inflammatory comments have made headlines and his combative, argumentative style has shocked and enraged those who take comfort in the traditional politician’s art of discreet ambiguity, there is method behind Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s perceived rhetorical madness. Since coming to power ...

Oct 3, 2013

Outlook dims for a greater Osaka

The defeat of an Osaka Ishin no Kai candidate in a mayoral election Sunday has dimmed the outlook for Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's idea of creating a greater Osaka administrative area.