Toru Hashimoto attends Osaka's city assembly. Photo: 30 May 2013
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Osaka mayor Hashimoto in snap election call

The mayor of the Japanese city of Osaka has called a snap election amid a row over his local government reform plans.

Toru Hashimoto, who made headlines last year with comments he made on Japan's war-time use of sex slaves, formally stood down on Monday.

Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports from Tokyo.

  • 03 Feb 2014
  • From the section Asia
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