• Tarumizu, Kagoshima


Controversial Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto recently announced that Osaka’s elementary schools will restart Saturday classes. His stated reason is poor performance and delinquency. In the past, Hashimoto has blamed tattoos, teachers, public servants in general and, now, the children of Osaka for Japan’s failings.

How much is too much? When do the people of Osaka, and the people of Japan as a whole (given his recent flirtations with entering the national stage), stand up to Hashimoto, former Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara, and the other scapegoating, revisionist nationalists, and tell them to go away?

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