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Apr 26, 2018

Osaka governor says casino resort could open by fiscal 2023

Despite a tight construction schedule, political problems in Tokyo and local concerns over funding, Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui said the prefecture could have one of Japan's first casino resorts up and running on an island in Osaka Bay nearly two years before it hopes ...

'Safe, secure and stable' mantra a winner at the polls

| Apr 14, 2018

'Safe, secure and stable' mantra a winner at the polls

"The people all said, 'Sit down, sit down, you're rockin' the boat.'" — Nicely-Nicely Johnson, "Guys and Dolls" In the recent Kyoto governor's election, the winning candidate, Tadatoshi Nishiwaki, was the former governor's handpicked successor who was heavily backed by all of the ruling and opposition ...

Kyoto turns to crowdfunding to maintain lesser known cultural assets

Apr 5, 2018

Kyoto turns to crowdfunding to maintain lesser known cultural assets

In an effort to get younger people more involved with preserving Kyoto's traditional culture, a local heritage association has begun a crowdfunding campaign that seeks small, individual donations for the repair of temples, shrines and cultural assets. The Kyoto Heritage Preservation Association, a group of ...