National Feb 16, 2014

Over half in Osaka question Hashimoto re-election bid: poll

A majority of voters in the city of Osaka have doubts about the snap election nationalist Mayor Toru Hashimoto has called to seek judgement on his proposal to merge the Osaka prefectural and municipal governments, a Kyodo News survey said Sunday. In the telephone survey, ...

Tokyo election board picks Feb. 9 for governor's race

National / Politics Dec 25, 2013

Tokyo election board picks Feb. 9 for governor's race

by Masaaki Kameda

The special election to pick the successor to Naoki Inose as Tokyo governor will be held Feb. 9, the metropolitan election board announced Wednesday, while speculation continued over potential candidates. Potential names swirling in the rumor mill include former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe, ex-Lower House ...

Assembly OKs Inose's resignation

National Dec 24, 2013

Assembly OKs Inose's resignation

The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly on Tuesday approved Gov. Naoki Inose's resignation. Inose, elected Dec. 16, 2012, is stepping down after just 372 days, the shortest period in office in the capital's history, after coming under intense criticism for taking ¥50 million from scandal-tainted hospital chain ...

National Dec 19, 2013

Exit regrettable, JOC chief says

Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda said Thursday he is sorry to hear that Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose is resigning over a money scandal, because he played a leading role in Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics. "We will keep close contact with ...