osaka-ishin-candidate-loses-sakai-mayoral-election

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Independent candidate Takeyama, 67, won a third four-year term, supported by the Liberal Democratic Party, the Democratic Party and the Party for Japanese Kokoro. He beat Osaka Ishin's Hideki Nagafuji, a 41-year-old former Osaka Prefectural Assembly member, by highlighting his opposition to the regional party's so-called Osaka metropolis initiative to realign the prefectural and ordinance-designated city governments. Osaka Ishin hopes to realize referendums on the initiative in autumn 2018. Some Ishin group members have expressed hope that former group leader Toru Hashimoto, who has strong name recognition, will return to politics to revive the Ishin group.


Sakai voters poised to decide key mayoral race for Osaka Ishin and LDP ahead of Upper House poll

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OSAKA - Voters in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, will head to the polls Sunday to elect a new mayor in a key local race ahead of next month's Upper House election, with an Osaka Ishin no Kai (One Osaka) candidate reportedly the frontrunner in a closely contested campaign. Three candidates are vying for the post, which was vacated in April after the previous mayor, Osami Takeyama, was forced to resign due to a political funds scandal. Takeyama had been a staunch critic of efforts by Osaka Ishin, the local political group affiliated with the national Nippon Ishin no Kai, to merge Osaka Prefecture's cities and towns into a structure akin to Tokyo's 23 wards. Hideki Nagafuji, 42, is officially backed by Osaka Ishin. He is a former member of the Osaka Prefectural Assembly and ran in the 2017 Sakai mayoral election won by Takeyama.


Sharp's new chief says reforms to include results-based pay

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Tai, also the No. 2 man of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., which acquired a majority stake in Sharp this month, made the comment to reporters at Sharp's new headquarters in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture. He added that he will consider redeploying Sharp staff rather than imposing job cuts, and will introduce a form of results-based remuneration to keep standards high. Tai took office on Aug. 13, the day after Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, completed procedures to acquire the struggling company. Sharp is currently cutting pay for employees in managerial posts by 5 percent and that for rank-and-file employees by 2 percent. In a message he sent to employees, Tai stressed that he will implement a personnel system based on rewards for good work and punishment for that which falls short.


Sharp to move headquarters to Sakai plant operated with Hon Hai

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OSAKA – Sharp Corp. is considering moving its headquarters to a plant in Osaka Prefecture, jointly operated with Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., which has agreed to take over the struggling electronics maker, sources close to the matter said Wednesday. The envisaged relocation within the prefecture from the city of Osaka to Sakai is designed to strengthen coordination with Hon Hai, an Apple Inc. supplier better known by its trade name Foxconn as Sharp aims to become profitable again. Hon Hai signed an agreement in April to make Sharp the first major Japanese tech company to come under foreign ownership. The liquid crystal display manufacturing plant in Sakai has been operated by the two companies since 2012. In a related move, Sharp is mulling moving part of the functions at its branch office in Tokyo to its own building in nearby Chiba Prefecture to reduce costs, the sources said.


Osaka couple held for receiving allowances for son missing three years after stint in infant home

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OSAKA – A 35-year-old Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, man and his 32-year-old wife were arrested on suspicion of unlawfully receiving child care allowances for a boy who was last seen about three years ago and would be 4 now, investigators said Tuesday. According to the investigators, Suguru Kajimoto, a reinforcement bar worker, and his wife, Chiho, were arrested on suspicion of fraud for allegedly receiving roughly ¥360,000. They have reportedly denied committing fraud but are refusing to reveal the fate of their son, Tatsuki. Kajimoto initially told the police that his son suffered a fatal fall from a stairway and that he dumped the boy's corpse into the sea, but then he later refused to disclose his son's whereabouts. His wife said Kajimoto took their son away around last Christmas and she doesn't know where he is.