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Keidanren Chair Masakazu Tokura (center) visits the 2025 Osaka-Kansai Expo site on Thursday.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 19, 2024
Debate grows over whether expo funding should go to Ishikawa recovery
It has been suggested it would be better to postpone, or even cancel, the troubled 2025 Osaka-Kansai Expo.
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JAPAN / Politics
Jul 11, 2022
Japan's opposition parties ponder leadership after election drubbing
Any celebrations of relief for CDP, or success for Nippon Ishin, may be tempered by concerns over who will take over the reins in the years ahead.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jul 7, 2021
Secret Nintendo cafe in Tokyo opens doors to the public
The establishment named 84 is the brainchild of Toru Hashimoto, who initially conceived it as a sanctuary for game developers to nerd out and relax in.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Oct 19, 2020
Could reform mission put Taro Kono on path to succeed Suga?
Driving reforms is giving the media- and social media-savvy 57-year-old the opportunity to raise his political profile by playing to his strengths. Will it be enough?
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JAPAN / Politics / View from Osaka
Sep 19, 2020
Let the Suga-Nippon Ishin bromance begin
Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui and his supporters are breathing easy, knowing their favorite LDP politician is now the prime minister.
Japan Times
Apr 16, 2020
Japan's governors under the spotlight as coronavirus pandemic rages
The coronavirus pandemic has prompted the national government to declare an emergency in seven prefectures. This, in turn, has put the spotlight on the powers and responsibilities of prefectural governors. Though often compared to state governors elsewhere, there are key differences.
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JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 13, 2019
Journalist ordered to pay ex-Osaka Gov. Toru Hashimoto ¥330,000 over suicide-related retweet
The Osaka District Court on Thursday ordered a journalist to pay ¥330,000 in compensation to former Osaka Gov. Toru Hashimoto for retweeting a message that suggested Hashimoto had pressured a senior prefectural government official to kill themselves.
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JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 17, 2019
After yearslong fight, Osaka subway drivers win court case over Toru Hashimoto-era beard ban
A district court ruled Wednesday in favor of two subway drivers who sought compensation from the Osaka Municipal Government, claiming they received poor performance reviews for refusing to comply with internal regulations banning beards.
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JAPAN / Politics
Feb 13, 2018
10 years on, Osaka fiscal reform started by Toru Hashimoto remains unfinished
Since Toru Hashimoto was elected Osaka governor in January 2008 and subsequently launched a reform drive, the prefecture has turned its debt-heavy public finances around to achieve budget surpluses.
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JAPAN / Politics
Oct 27, 2017
Hashimoto cuts ties with Nippon Ishin after party's poor election showing
Toru Hashimoto, the former Osaka governor, mayor and co-founder of Osaka-based Nippon Ishin no Kai, has cut ties with the national party following its poor performance in the Oct. 22 Lower House election.
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JAPAN / View from Osaka
Oct 14, 2017
Osaka-Tokyo regional split seen keeping Koike's, Hashimoto's camps at arm's length
The rise and — so far — fall in popularity of Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's Kibo no To (Party of Hope) comes as no surprise in Osaka, where her ability to govern effectively, as opposed to deal with the media, has long been in doubt.
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JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jul 4, 2017
Success of Koike's Tomin First echoes Ishin no Kai movement
A popular, media-savvy figure originally from the Kansai region wins the governorship by running as a reformer, then forming a political party to take on the Liberal Democratic Party in the local assembly election. Upon winning a plurality of votes, the party teams up with Komeito to form a majority,...
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JAPAN / Politics
May 30, 2017
Ex-Osaka mayor Hashimoto to retire as policy adviser for Nippon Ishin
Former Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto will step down Wednesday as a policy adviser for the opposition Nippon Ishin no Kai as he seeks to maintain political neutrality, sources said Tuesday.
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JAPAN / History
Apr 29, 2017
Power politics: Japan's most popular political platforms
Looking back at some of the political platforms that have been heavily endorsed by voters over the past century in a bid to predict where the country might be headed under the 'third generation' of postwar Japanese.
Mar 28, 2017
Hashimoto urges U.S. to 'throw fastball' at Japan to raise its security perceptions
Toru Hashimoto, an adviser to the Japanese opposition party Nippon Ishin no Kai, asked the United States on Monday to apply "strong pressure" on Japan to change ordinary people's perceptions about security and the bilateral alliance.
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JAPAN / Politics
Mar 4, 2017
Ex-Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto arranging meetings with Steve Bannon, other Trump aides for U.S. visit
Former Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto will visit Washington this month and is trying to set up a meeting with senior aides to President Donald Trump, sources close to him said Friday.
Japan Times
Dec 25, 2016
Train, casino, reactor woes to grab Kansai headlines in '17
A casino, an expo, tourists, trains, and old nuclear power plants. These are just some of the major issues the Kansai region faces in 2017.
Japan Times
Dec 3, 2016
What shape will populism take in modern Japan?
Populism isn't new. A wave of it generated democracy in ancient Greece, circa 500 B.C. Its modern form, born in America in the early 19th century, was a revolt against the planter aristocracy that had governed since independence in 1776. Andrew Jackson — said to be the first president born in a...
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JAPAN / View from Osaka
Nov 19, 2016
Don't rule out a Trump-style revolt against Tokyo
The shock of Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election has people both in that country and overseas trying to figure out what happened. Plenty of praise — and blame — is being directed at individuals in both the Republican and Democratic campaigns, as experts point to a host...
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JAPAN / Politics
Nov 18, 2016
Hashimoto to turn down speaking offer at Koike's school for people with political aspirations
Former Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto indicated on his Twitter account Thursday he will not speak at the new school for aspiring politicians launched by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike.


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