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Local Politics: Heading for extinction?

by Eric Johnston

“All politics is local.” — former U.S. House Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neill “Local councilors, in practice, are accountable to nobody. Half of them are self-important busybodies on an ego trip and the other half are in it for what they can get out of it.” — Jim Hacker, minister for ...

Shibuya's same-sex move kicks off debate

| Feb 28, 2015

Shibuya's same-sex move kicks off debate

by Philip Brasor

On Feb. 13, Asahi Shimbun’s daily Vox Populi, Vox Dei column mentioned Morizo and Kiccoro, the official mascots of the 2005 World Expo held in Aichi Prefecture. These two “woodland fairies” supposedly hailed from Seto, which issued them the same resident cards (jūminhyō) held ...

Britain's Prince William visits Fukushima with Abe

Feb 28, 2015

Britain's Prince William visits Fukushima with Abe

Britain’s Prince William visited Fukushima on Saturday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to attempt to allay safety concerns in the prefecture due to the nuclear disaster. The 32-year-old Duke of Cambridge, who arrived Thursday on his first visit to Japan, ate Japanese cuisine made ...

Feb 28, 2015

Japanese ex-broker in Olympus fraud scandal settles with SEC

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said it has reached a settlement with a former Japanese stockbroker over his role in the massive accounting fraud at Olympus Corp. Hajime Sagawa, a former employee of a major Japanese securities company and now a U.S. resident, ...

Feb 28, 2015

Two U.S. Marines held for allegedly trespassing in Okinawa

Two U.S. Marines were arrested Saturday for allegedly trespassing the previous day in Okinawa Prefecture, police said. The two suspects, Sgt. Richard Hart and Lance Cpl. Justinkainoa Kealanahele, are suspected of entering the balcony of an apartment in the town of Kin around 10:45 ...

Young elephants donated by Laos go on display in Kyoto

Feb 28, 2015

Young elephants donated by Laos go on display in Kyoto

Four young elephants donated last year by Laos went on public display at Kyoto City zoo on Saturday ahead of Laotian Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong’s visit to Japan from Wednesday. The three female and one male Asian elephants, ages 3 to 7, were delivered ...