Connect to share and comment

Hashimoto to pursue Osaka metropolis plan, referendum

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto said Monday his reelection on Sunday proved public support for moving ahead with his plan to create an Osaka regional metropolitan government despite a record low voter turnout. Osaka City will map out a blueprint for the administrative reform plan by this summer, as Hashimoto promised during the election campaign, and hold a referendum on the issue, he told a press conference in the city.

Hashimoto admits lack of public confidence in Osaka metropolis plan

Toru Hashimoto on Monday admitted after his re-election as Osaka mayor overnight that his signature policy of overhauling the local administration failed to gain enough support from the voters. "I cannot proudly say I have won public confidence in the Osaka metropolis plan," Hashimoto said at a meeting with senior city officials.

Hashimoto re-elected in Osaka mayoral race

Toru Hashimoto was re-elected in Sunday's Osaka mayoral election but his victory came amid record-low voter turnout in a sign of his apparent diminishing influence among constituents. Hashimoto, 44, is hoping to use the outcome as momentum for his signature policy of overhauling local administration, but it remains uncertain if he can actually move forward his reform plan given the low public interest and lingering political stalemate.

Hashimoto assured of re-election in Osaka mayoral race

Toru Hashimoto was assured of re-election in Sunday's Osaka mayoral election, beating three challengers, according to a Kyodo News projection, with Hashimoto hoping to use the outcome as a momentum for his signature policy of overhauling local administration. His rivals were Mac Akasaka, a 65-year-old businessman and head of a political group, Toshihisa Fujishima, the 51-year-old leader of another political group and Shigeo Ninomiya, a 37-year-old former temporary staff worker.

Voting begins in Osaka mayoral race, Hashimoto aims re-election

Voting began Sunday in an election to choose the next mayor of the western Japan city of Osaka, with Toru Hashimoto seeking re-election to secure a fresh mandate for his signature policy of reforming local administration. Major political parties have shunned being involved in the race, saying they see no need to hold an election in the middle of Hashimoto's four-year term. Given that the incumbent is the most recognizable face among the four candidates, the odds are tipped in favor of him, political watchers say.

Campaign begins for Osaka mayoral race, Hashimoto seeks re-election

Official campaigning began Sunday for an election to choose the next mayor of Osaka City, with Toru Hashimoto seeking reelection and a fresh mandate for his signature policy of overhauling local administration, while major political parties have distanced themselves from the election. Hashimoto, 44, surprised voters last month when he announced his resignation as Osaka mayor in the middle of his four-year term so that he can prove he has public support for his goal of creating an Osaka metropolitan government.

Court rejects appeal for damages against Hashimoto, TV station

The Hiroshima High Court on Friday upheld a lower court decision rejecting an appeal for damages by a group of lawyers against an Osaka-based TV broadcaster and former Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto over remarks he made attacking their defense of a man accused of killing a woman and her baby daughter. The court rejected the lawyers' claim they had been defamed by Hashimoto's call for a nationwide campaign against them in May 2007 after they denied the defendant had intended to kill the victims in Hikari, Yamaguchi Prefecture, in 1999.

Court rejects appeal for damages against Hashimoto, TV station

The Hiroshima High Court on Friday upheld a lower court decision rejecting an appeal for damages by a group of lawyers against an Osaka-based TV broadcaster and former Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto over remarks he made attacking their defense of a man accused of killing a woman and her baby daughter. The court rejected the lawyers' claim they had been defamed by Hashimoto's call for a nationwide campaign against them in May 2007 after they denied the defendant had intended to kill the victims in Hikari, Yamaguchi Prefecture, in 1999.

Osaka Mayor Hashimoto finally loses post, paves way for election

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto lost his post Thursday in line with statutory regulations, days after his sudden resignation announcement to pursue a reelection bid to test voter interest in his stalemated signature policy of overhauling local administration. Hashimoto had to wait for Local Autonomy Law provisions to take effect after the municipal assembly voted to disallow his resignation on Feb. 14, following Hashimoto's press conference announcement Feb. 3 that he was quitting in the middle of his term.

Osaka Mayor Hashimoto finally loses post, paves way for election

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto lost his post Thursday in line with statutory regulations, days after his sudden resignation announcement to pursue a reelection bid to test voter interest in his stalemated signature policy of overhauling local administration. Hashimoto had to wait for Local Autonomy Law provisions to take effect after the municipal assembly voted to disallow his resignation on Feb. 14, following Hashimoto's press conference announcement Feb. 3 that he was quitting in the middle of his term.
Syndicate content