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Osaka governor Ichiro Matsui said a casino resort could open in the Japanese prefecture by 2023, if the country's parliament is quick to approve the necessary legislation. “Discussion of the legislation has been delayed a little bit, but discussion on the contents of the Liberal Democratic Party [LDP] and ...
Osaka isn't as hectic, people are more laidback and casual in how they dress and talk, plus the car culture of the Kansai region has a bit more character and originality. Tokyo is obviously Japan's economic powerhouse with more than 30 million people, but Kansai has a huge population as well at around ...

Osaka is a strong favorite, along with Tokyo and Yokohama, to host the nation's first casinos, and by far the most eager of three. It also hopes to be chosen as the location of the 2025 World Fair and Matsui sees an impressive integrated resort as part of his plan to put Japan's second-largest city on the world ...
An illuminated gate made from washi Japanese paper featuring stripes of the seven colors of the rainbow welcomes guests in the lobby of InterContinental Osaka, located inside the stylish Grand Front Osaka building just outside Osaka Station. The hotel, celebrating its fifth anniversary since opening in ...
A 69-year-old man from Osaka Prefecture filed a lawsuit Thursday against his deceased same-sex partner's sister, seeking assets left behind by his late partner and damages for being barred from attending his cremation. The rare case involving inheritance from a same-sex partner highlights the problems ...
Ichiro Matsui said the prefecture could have one of Japan's first casino resorts up and running on an island in Osaka Bay nearly two years before it hopes to host the 2025 World Expo at the same site. With the Cabinet expected to approve legislation Friday on integrated resorts including casinos, and Osaka ...

Osaka is fast emerging as an attractive real estate investment destination, supported by spillover demand from Tokyo and tourism. Last year, commercial real estate investment in Greater Osaka climbed 35 percent from 2016 to 651 billion yen (US$6 billion) the highest since 2007. Recent deals included ...
The depictions concern two military campaigns from 1614 to 1615 during the Siege of Osaka where forces led by Tokugawa Ieyasu wiped out the rival Toyotomi clan that had threatened to upset his reign. Experts said the operation map for the winter campaign is especially interesting as it provides valuable ...
Police served a fresh arrest warrant Wednesday on an American man for allegedly murdering a woman in Osaka in February. Yevgeniy Vasilievich Bayraktar, 26, who has been charged with dismembering and dumping the body of 27-year-old Saki Kondo, has denied he murdered her, the police said.
Former Port Lincoln resident Daniel Turner is sailing his yacht 'Runaway' in the 2018 Melbourne to Osaka Double Handed Yacht Race with skills learnt in ... Speaking before the race, Turner said he had always wanted to compete in the Melbourne to Osaka race – Australia's largest blue water yacht race ...
The Angels welcome the buzz, too. At the team's stadium stores, they set up special Ohtani-oriented sections, peddling Ohtani-themed pennants, towels, caps and the like. Yano, the fan from outside Osaka, bought his ticket online, at home, after learning that Ohtani would be pitching Sunday. It was the first ...
An annual cherry blossom viewing event that is a famous spring feature in Osaka, held since 1883, began Wednesday at the Japan Mint headquarters. Visitors snapped photos with their cameras and smartphones as the weeklong seasonal event opened at about 10 a.m., displaying 349 cherry trees of 134 ...
OSAKA--In a public event on the grounds of the Japan Mint here, visitors will learn that money doesn't grow on the trees, but sakura cherry blossoms do. An annual spring event here will open a normally closed street to the public for cherry blossom viewing starting from April 11 at the mint in Osaka's Kita ...
New Orleans, Chicago, Osaka, New York and Kansas City: You might think one of these cities doesn't belong in a list of historic jazz hotbeds, but Japan's second largest metropolis boasts a vital scene that's produced some of the jazz-loving nation's finest improvisers. San Jose-born drummer Akira Tana ...
Museums are working to accommodate these guests, considering it a good opportunity to introduce them to Japanese history and culture. However, one of the museums attracting the most visitors from overseas is not well known in Japan — located in Osaka, it's not even that famous in the Kansai area.
Billie Jean King's classic line says that "pressure is a privilege," and Indian Wells champ Naomi Osaka may very well be finding that the road gets a lot tougher with great expectations. After posting convincing, straight-sets victories over Jennifer Brady and Laura Siegemund – no slouches, those – at the ...
According to new reports, Osaka is planning to open a theme park that will showcase popular anime and manga series year round. The area, which is being called 'Cool Japan Park Osaka' tentatively, will derive its name from the country's 'Cool Japan' program. A short summary of the park's development ...

OSAKA (TR) – Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested four persons for assaulting a man, including pouring boiling liquid over him, during a party in Ibaraki City over the weekend, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Apr. 2). Between 7:00 p.m. on Friday and 11:00 p.m. the following day, Michiko Tanaka, 38, ...
The field is strong across the board, but as soon as I took a look at the draw, four individuals stood out for me as particularly intriguing participants for different reasons: Sloane Stephens, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova and Madison Keys. This tournament just might tell us quite a bit about what to expect from ...
OSAKA – Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui announced Monday that a second referendum on whether to merge Osaka's wards might be held during the nationwide local elections in April 2019, six months later than the governor and his supporters originally hoped for. “We haven't given up on a referendum this ...
There's a little sushi shop that's been around for who-knows-how-long in the nearby town of Chili and it's called Osaka Sushi. I don't remember exactly when I stumbled upon it, but some friends of mine took me there back toward the beginning of my junior year, and I've been going ever since. Around the ...
The Japanese government has fixed the schedule for next year's Group of 20 summit in Osaka and chosen the sites for related ministerial meetings in Japan. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced on Monday that the 2-day G20 summit will open next year in Osaka on the 28th of June.
Osaka's municipal subway system was privatized Sunday with the launch of Osaka Metro Co., marking the first privatization of a public subway in Japan. Hideaki Kawai, 63, a former executive of electronics giant Panasonic Corp., will be the first president of the company, which is taking control of subway ...
OSAKA – The Osaka District Court on Friday dismissed a request by a resident to halt two reactors at the Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture because they might be attacked by North Korean missiles. While noting that North Korea is developing missiles that put Japan at risk, the presiding ...
OSAKA – Zojirushi Corp. will launch a washoku (traditional Japanese cuisine) restaurant in Osaka in mid-October featuring rice cooked in its latest and best-grade rice cooker. Zojirushi will consider whether to open more restaurants after examining sales at the first outlet, it said Thursday. The restaurant ...
OSAKA (TR) – Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 39-year-old man for allegedly assaulting a gang boss at a pachinko parlor in Osaka City's Nishi Ward last week, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Mar. 28). At around 6:50 p.m. on March 24, Takahiro Uchida is alleged to have repeatedly beaten the head ...
"When they eat here, they'll receive a homemade meal that is prepared using fresh ingredients, no canned foods. The meals will be very healthy and complete meals offered very affordable prices." According to the owners, Sushi Osaka will also be opening soon, taking over the place of Le Commons Bistro.
OSAKA (TR) – Osaka Prefectural Police arrested a 27-year-old man for bashing a teenage girl with a hammer outside a railway station in Higashi-Osaka City earlier this week, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Mar. 26). At around 2 p.m. on Monday, the man, a resident of Tenri City, Nara Prefecture, wielded a ...
OSAKA (TR) – Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 61-year-old man over the fatal assault of his mother at their residence in Osaka City, reports TBS News (Mar. 27). At around 6:30 p.m. on Monday, police were tipped off about an incident at the residence by a caller who said, “I killed my mother.”.
Prosecutors in Osaka have been interviewing Finance Ministry officials on a voluntary basis as part of their probe into the falsification of documents pertaining to the sale of state-owned land to a private school operator. Last year, prosecutors accepted lawyers' complaints regarding breach of trust involving ...
OSAKA--Fifty lucky “golden ticket” winners are set to climb aboard a new gold-colored tram in Osaka on April 1 for its maiden voyage. Newly established Osaka Metro Co. will run the four-car tram on the New Tram Nanko Port Town Line to celebrate the privatization of the Osaka municipal subway. Osaka ...
A line of vans is seen at Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture on July 27, 2017. Including the first van, many are reportedly Chinese-operated vehicles offering unauthorized taxi services. (Mainichi, image partially modified). SAKAI, Osaka -- The Japanese affiliate of a Chinese firm that runs a ...
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla.— Naomi Osaka's hot streak had to end somewhere, and end it did on Friday at the Miami Open. World No. 4 Elina Svitolina brought the 20-year-old back to earth with a straightforward 6-4, 6-2 win. “[Osaka was] coming here into the match with a lot of confidence after winning Indian ...
In the heart of Osaka, there's a plot of land that could help make Japan's second-largest metropolitan area one of the biggest hubs for entrepreneurship in the region. A former rail depot, the "Umekita Phase 2" development now under construction next to Osaka Station is set to host pharmaceutical and ...
In women's play, Naomi Osaka's breakthrough winning streak ended with a loss to No. 4-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-2. Osaka said began feeling ill before the match but didn't want to retire after upsetting eight-time champion Serena Williams in the first round. The 20-year-old Osaka is ranked a career-high 22nd and won ...
The Fair Trade Commission on Friday filed a criminal complaint against four major contractors for their alleged involvement in bid-rigging over contracts related to a Tokyo-Osaka maglev train link. The anti-monopoly body lodged the complaint with the prosecutor general, suspecting Obayashi Corp., Kajima ...
Before Sunday, Naomi Osaka had never given a tournament-victory speech—not on the WTA Tour, not on the ITF Pro Circuit, not on the junior circuit, not even in doubles. On Sunday in Indian Wells, she won one of the biggest titles on tour, defeating Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-2 to win the BNP Paribas Open ...
OSAKA – The refurbished interior of the “Tower of the Sun” was opened to the public on Monday for the first time since the major artwork by the late Taro Okamoto became a symbol of the Expo '70 world's fair in Osaka. The 70-meter-tall white tower with horn-like arms and three sun faces was built as part of ...
Though few will have backed Naomi Osaka to win Indian Wells, for those who follow tennis closely her success will have come as little surprise. The rise of the Japanese has been one of the most hotly anticipated, and inevitable, surges on the WTA Tour after years of being heralded as the next big thing in ...
Lower-division sumo wrestler Takayoshitoshi, 20, admitted to assaulting and injuring his attendant following his loss on March 18 at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in Osaka, the latest body blow to the scandal-plagued sport. The Japan Sumo Association director Kasugano said at a news conference ...
Osaka, ranked 44th in the world, completed her sweep through Indian Wells with a 6-3, 6-2 women's singles victory over fellow 20 year old Daria Kasatkina. Juan Martin Del Potro then outlasted Federer in a three-set, 2 hour and 48 minute men's singles championship match that required two tiebreakers, ...
The Miami draw is out and it's highlighted by a stunning first-round showdown between BNP Paribas Open champion Naomi Osaka and eight-time Miami champion Serena Williams, who is playing the second tournament of her comeback. Also on the comeback trail is former Doubles No.1 Bethanie ...
Early on March 25, a male passerby to the restaurant, an okonomiyaki shop located in the Fujiicho area, alerted police after seeing the truck plowed into the front shutter. In the latest development, police arrested Atsuhiro Sugihara, a 48-year-old member of the Tsukasa Kogyo, an affiliate gang of the ...
Daria Kasatkina upset Venus Williams 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in a nearly three-hour baseline struggle and Naomi Osaka routed top-ranked Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0 in 64 minutes on Friday night to set up a final between two 20-year-olds. "We are coming," Kasatkina said, smiling. "Very soon." Kasatkina was two points ...
The flying Dutchman and I visited Osaka about this time last year, a culinary whistlestop during a four-day stay in nearby Kyoto. On reading that Osaka was the home of the inaugural sushi train, which first left the station in the 1950s, we hopped on a Kyoto train and made the short journey south for lunch.
Ranked 44th, the Japan-born Osaka opened the tournament by beating Maria Sharapova in the first round. She defeated No. 31 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 5 Karolina Pliskova on her way to the final, dropping just one set in six matches. Kasatkina has defeated four top-20 opponents at the same ...
The Japan News Yokozuna Kakuryu pushed his winning streak since the opening day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament to six, while No. 6 maegashira Kaisei matched him with a victory in Osaka on Friday. The tourney's lone yokozuna easily threw No. 4 maegashira Kotoshogiku (1-5) to the surface in ...
OSAKA – “A man once thoroughly endued with these three qualities of lying, impudence, and ingratitude will, I believe, scarce want any other titles to preferment and grandeur.” — Henry Fielding, from a satirical article on the traits of successful politicians, 1740. Over a year after it first blew up in Osaka, then ...
No, the Shinkansen Supreme is not some new street-style collaboration. It's a new, sleeker, lighter, more eco-friendly Japanese high-speed train that will start running test routes between Tokyo and Osaka later this month. The train—which will run on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, the most popular bullet ...
A year and a half later, at the ripe old age of 20, Osaka has refined those weapons and is using them on a more consistent and threatening basis. Her growth may have coalesced in her utterly dominant, 6-3, 6-0 win over Halep, who Osaka lost to in the fourth round this year's Australian Open. Osaka is ...


 

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