Toru Hashimoto’s political power base in Japan

Toru Hashimoto winning election for Mayor of Osaka (photo:dpa)
Toru Hashimoto winning election for Mayor of Osaka (photo:dpa)

There is a huge demand for a fresh force in Japanese politics after 20 years of stagnation. Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto is galvanising support among a ‘lost generation’ which has virtually given up on politics. But doubts remain on his economic and foreign policies.

THE RAPID rise of Toru Hashimoto, the 43-year old radical reforming Mayor of Osaka, and his Japan Restoration Movement, indicates huge demand for a fresh force in Japanese politics.

Mr Hashimoto’s key supporters are members of the ‘lost generation’ in their 30s, 40s and early 50s, who have spent their entire adult life in the economically and socially stagnating environment since the end o...

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