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KANSAI PERSPECTIVE

Japan Times
JAPAN / KANSAI PERSPECTIVE
Dec 23, 2018
Most Kyoto firms have no plans to add foreign workers, survey finds
The government may be planning to bring in nearly 345,000 foreign workers by 2023, but in Kyoto, a recent survey shows most firms outside the hospitality sector have no plans to discuss adding overseas laborers to their workforce.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / KANSAI PERSPECTIVE
Dec 23, 2018
With six months to go until G20 summit in Osaka, Japan sets out its agenda
With six months to go until the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, the basic agenda has been set for discussion on issues of global importance.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / KANSAI PERSPECTIVE
Nov 26, 2018
Time running out for Osaka leaders seeking to push city-prefecture integration plan
When Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui and Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura left for Paris early last week for one final lobbying effort for the 2025 World Expo, they left behind a city and prefecture that remain deeply divided over their most basic political goal — the integration of Osaka Prefecture and the city of Osaka.
Japan Times
JAPAN / KANSAI PERSPECTIVE
Oct 21, 2018
Osaka casting a nervous eye toward rival Baku in bid for 2025 World Expo
With one month to go until the host of the 2025 World Expo is selected, Osaka officials are casting a nervous eye toward Baku, the city they increasingly see as their toughest rival.
Japan Times
JAPAN / KANSAI PERSPECTIVE
Oct 21, 2018
Is Yumeshima safe as a casino site? Some question Osaka's pitch after flooding at Kansai airport
Less than two months ago, Typhoon Jebi ripped through western Japan and slammed a tanker into the only bridge leading to Kansai International Airport, forcing it to shut down.
Japan Times
JAPAN / KANSAI PERSPECTIVE
Sep 23, 2018
Need to back up sinking Kansai airport stymies region ahead of G20, elections
When Kansai airport in Osaka Prefecture was shut down earlier this month after Typhoon Jebi flooded the main runway and terminal building — and caused a tanker to break loose and crash into the only bridge to the mainland — there were fears the damage meant the region's largest and only international airport would be closed for a long time and cripple the local economy.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / KANSAI PERSPECTIVE
Sep 23, 2018
Japan urged to up ranks of female politicians to reach U.N. sustainable development goals
To help meet the United Nations' 2030 sustainable development goal for gender equality and empowering all women and girls, Japan needs more female politicians, especially at the local level.
Japan Times
JAPAN / KANSAI PERSPECTIVE
Aug 26, 2018
Osaka teachers resist mayor's plan to raise achievement test scores
Stung by the poor results of a national achievement test covering math, science, and Japanese, Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura wants to raise scores on next year's exam by linking the test results to personnel evaluations and bonuses for school principals and teachers.
Japan Times
JAPAN / KANSAI PERSPECTIVE
Jul 22, 2018
Deadly rains in western Japan revive calls for disaster prevention ministry
The fatal rains and flooding in western Japan — and the ongoing difficulties caused by the extent of the damage and record high temperatures — have revived calls for creating a disaster prevention ministry that can coordinate and streamline rescue and relief efforts.
Japan Times
JAPAN / KANSAI PERSPECTIVE
Jul 22, 2018
Rampant bribery in Tokushima sheds light on rise on Japan's uncontested elections
Common sense might tell you that, as small towns and villages in Japan face aging and declining populations, they would do whatever they could to encourage their remaining residents to run for a seat on the council when election time comes.
Japan Times
JAPAN / KANSAI PERSPECTIVE
Jun 24, 2018
Osaka gears up for final stage of 2025 World Expo bid
With less than five months to go until the host of the 2025 World Expo is decided, Osaka is gearing up for a final push that will include efforts to raise local enthusiasm and draw international attention with financial incentives for countries that can't afford to attend the event.
Japan Times
JAPAN / KANSAI PERSPECTIVE
Jun 24, 2018
Kansai entities team up on U.N. development goals as Japan angles for World Expo
When the Group of 20 summit takes place in Osaka a year from now, the bulk of media reporting and commentary will no doubt emphasize what the presidents and prime ministers say about the international financial or geopolitical crisis of the moment, and what dramas are taking place among world leaders behind the scenes.
Japan Times
JAPAN / KANSAI PERSPECTIVE
May 27, 2018
Osaka frets over illegal minpaku ahead of G-20 summit
Imagine a headline splashing out news of tourists being killed by a fire at an illegal short-term lodging facility during the Group of 20 leaders' summit in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / KANSAI PERSPECTIVE
May 27, 2018
Wakayama's governor all-in on casino resort bet
After the Diet finally approves legislation setting the rules on integrated casino resort complexes, the race to win one of the first three casinos will quickly heat up. And nowhere is the competition becoming more intense than in Kansai.
Japan Times
JAPAN / KANSAI PERSPECTIVE
Apr 22, 2018
For foreign nationals over 150 years ago, Kyoto’s Fushimi was end of the line
Just before reaching Chushojima Station on the Keihan Line heading into Kyoto from Osaka, or just after crossing the Uji River on the almost parallel Kintetsu train that runs between Kyoto and Nara, two towers that look old and of European design flash briefly into view before disappearing among the modern houses and buildings.
Japan Times
JAPAN / KANSAI PERSPECTIVE
Apr 22, 2018
Security issues worry Osaka residents ahead of 2019 G-20 summit
Beginning this month, both the city of Osaka and the prefecture began preparations to host next year's Group of Twenty leaders' summit, with political and business leaders forming task forces to help with local assistance and promotional efforts prior to the event.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / KANSAI PERSPECTIVE
Mar 25, 2018
Kyoto gubernatorial race puts focus on demographic and economic challenges to come
Faced with a rapidly aging society and a growing socioeconomic gap between its prosperous capital and the rest of the prefecture, Kyoto voters go to the polls April 8 to choose a new governor who will be either a well-connected insider or a complete outsider.
Japan Times
JAPAN / KANSAI PERSPECTIVE
Mar 25, 2018
Osaka begins prep for largest international gathering in decades
With the summit for the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies coming to Osaka next year, preparations are underway to host the largest international gathering the city has seen in over two decades.
Japan Times
JAPAN / KANSAI PERSPECTIVE
Feb 25, 2018
Kyoto executives consider making nightlife in Kyoto more tourist-friendly
As residents and tourists in Kyoto complain more about higher prices, hotel shortages and crowds at train stations, shrines and temples, Kansai's corporate leaders are searching for ways to keep visitors coming.
Japan Times
JAPAN / KANSAI PERSPECTIVE
Jan 21, 2018
Japan's Kansai region abuzz over chance to host G-20 and climate gatherings in 2019
2018 has just begun, but Osaka and Kyoto are already looking ahead to 2019, when the prospect of hosting two major international conferences has the local political and business circles excited.

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