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.

Mayor of Sakai returned in fresh blow to Hashimoto

Sep 29, 2013

Mayor of Sakai returned in fresh blow to Hashimoto

Mayor Osami Takeyama’s victory Sunday in the Sakai mayoral election in Osaka Prefecture has cast a shadow over the political future of brash Nippon Ishin co-leader Toru Hashimoto, the mayor of Osaka. Takeyama, a 63-year-old independent, defeated former Sakai Assemblyman Katsutoshi Nishibayashi, his sole ...