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'Obachan' group aims to jolt politics

National Mar 5, 2013

'Obachan' group aims to jolt politics

by Michiko Munakata

Osaka, the epicenter of a political movement bent on change that has shaken the status quo, is home to another initiative to trumpet the unheard voices of women. Since last fall, more than 1,000 middle-aged and older women, mainly from Osaka, have joined an online ...

Colo brings tribes together in Osaka

Music Feb 14, 2013

Colo brings tribes together in Osaka

by Erik Luebs

It's December and small flocks of young, creative-looking types are making their way to a shipyard in Osaka's Namura district. Tucked among an expanse of otherwise drab warehouses there is Creative Center Osaka, and tonight is "Hot Docks 2," an art and music spectacle. Upon ...

Osaka votes down health-damages ordinance

National Feb 4, 2013

Osaka votes down health-damages ordinance

by Eric Johnston

Members of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's local party, Osaka Ishin no Kai, and New Komeito, which form the ruling coalition in the municipal assembly, voted against an ordinance proposal Monday that would have clarified the city's financial responsibilities in the event of health problems ...

School's special phys ed slots axed

National Jan 23, 2013

School's special phys ed slots axed

Special slots for physical education majors will no longer be offered at Osaka's Sakuranomiya Senior High School, based on a recomendation Mayor Toru Hashimoto made after it was revealed that the captain of the school's basketball team hanged himself after he was repeatedly beaten ...

Our Lives | WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST Jan 19, 2013

Signs of Kansai

by Thomas Dillon

At the end of lunch with an old friend, I point out yet another hole in my Swiss cheese knowledge of Japan. "I've never really understood this whole 'Kansai/Kanto' thing. I mean, sure, I've traveled to Kyoto, Osaka and so on. But I've never figured ...