Tag - governor



Jan 7, 2014
Is English Tamogami's weak suit?
As Toshio Tamogami's candidacy in the Tokyo gubernatorial race raises concerns that his nationalistic views could worsen already strained ties with China and South Korea, Internet users were quick to question if his English skills were up to snuff.
Jan 1, 2014
Bank of Japan likely to maintain easing policy, chief says
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda indicated the central bank will keep intact its current monetary easing policy in 2014 with prospects that the economy will continue to recover despite possible adverse impact from the consumption tax hike in April.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 28, 2013
Utsunomiya to run for governor again
Kenji Utsunomiya, former head of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, said Saturday that he intends to run in the Tokyo gubernatorial election Feb. 9, making him the first candidate to emerge since Gov. Naoki Inose resigned earlier this month.
Dec 27, 2013
Okinawa governor approves landfill to relocate U.S. base
Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima on Friday approved landfill work to relocate the U.S. military's Futenma base within his prefecture, reversing his previous policy of trying to move the base out of Okinawa, a senior prefectural official said.
Japan Times
Dec 24, 2013
Assembly OKs Inose's resignation
The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly on Tuesday approved Gov. Naoki Inose's resignation.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 21, 2013
LDP looks outside Diet for Tokyo governor hopeful
A senior Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker indicated Saturday the governing party could field a non-Diet member for Tokyo's gubernatorial election in February.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 19, 2013
Inose calling it quits over money scandal
Scandal-ridden Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose announced his resignation Thursday for taking money from a hospital operator mired in allegations of election law violations involving a Diet member.
Dec 18, 2013
Haven't heard a peep out of tweet-happy governor since funds scandal broke
A formerly avid user of Twitter, Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose has gone silent on the microblogging service since it came to light last month that he received a ¥50 million loan from scandal-hit hospital group Tokushukai.
Dec 13, 2013
Nakaima to decide base landfill before end of month
Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima said Friday he plans to decide by the end of December whether to approve the start of work to fill in areas off the Henoko coast in the city of Nago for building an airstrip to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 29, 2013
Inose apologizes to cantankerous assembly
Embattled Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose apologized Friday for "causing concerns and troubles" among Tokyo citizens over a money scandal but refused to step down.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 27, 2013
Inose in denial mode as cash cloud hangs heavier
Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose's failure to declare a whopping u00a550 million he received from a shady hospital tycoon sees his political career take a pounding.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 11, 2013
Hiroshima poll returns governor for second term
Hiroshima Gov. Hidehiko Yuzaki won a second four-year term Sunday, defeating a Communist challenger by a large margin.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 10, 2013
Hiroshima Gov. Yuzaki cruises toward re-election
Hiroshima Gov. Hidehiko Yuzaki was assured a second four-year term in prefecture's gubernatorial election Sunday, defeating an independent challenger, exit polls showed.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 27, 2013
Miyagi Gov. Murai returned for third term
Miyagi Gov. Yoshihiro Murai won a third term Sunday in the prefecture's first gubernatorial election since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
May 5, 2013
Mr. Inose does not understand
The Tokyo governor's remarks about Olympic Games rival Istanbul shows that he is not yet quite ready to participate in international society, let alone host the games.
Mar 16, 2013
Diet OKs nomination of ADB chief Kuroda as new Bank of Japan governor
The Diet approves the nomination of Haruhiko Kuroda as Bank of Japan governor, paving the way for drastic monetary easing to invigorate the deflation-beset economy.
Japan Times
Mar 7, 2013
Diet set to approve BOJ nominees
The Diet is expected to approve the government's nominees for Bank of Japan governor and its two deputy governor posts, with the largest opposition party set to give the nod for Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda to head the central bank, lawmakers said Tuesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 23, 2013
ADB's Kuroda emerges as possible BOJ chief
Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda becomes a strong contender to succeed Masaaki Shirakawa as governor of the Bank of Japan.
Japan Times
Feb 19, 2013
Abe's pick for BOJ chief coming soon
With Masaaki Shirakawa stepping down as governor of the Bank of Japan on March 19, three weeks earlier than scheduled, the process to select his successor is accelerating.
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 8, 2013
Lawmakers huddle to revise BOJ Law
Like-minded lawmakers across party lines have kicked off discussions toward amending the Bank of Japan Law to effectively lessen the central bank's independence and hold it more accountable for its monetary policy.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals