Osaka takes plunge with canal pool

National May 22, 2013

Osaka takes plunge with canal pool

by Eric Johnston

If an Osaka company has its way, getting roaring drunk and jumping, or falling, into Dotonbori Canal after either a Hanshin Tigers victory or a wild night out in neighboring Shinsaibashi will be less risky, healthwise, but it will no longer be free. That's because ...

Ishin leaders, Abe meet on revising Constitution

National / Politics Apr 11, 2013

Ishin leaders, Abe meet on revising Constitution

by Eric Johnston

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Tuesday evening in Tokyo with top Osaka-based Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) officials Toru Hashimoto and Ichiro Matsui to discuss cooperation on amending the Constitution. Hashimoto, who, along with Lower House member Shintaro Ishihara, serves as coleader of ...

'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 ...