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The modern municipality was established in 1889 by government ordinance, with an initial area of 15 square kilometres (6 sq mi), overlapping today's Chūō and Nishi wards. Later, the city went through three major expansions to reach its current size of 223 square kilometres (86 sq mi). Osaka was the industrial center most clearly defined in the development of capitalism in Japan.
The rapid industrialization attracted many Korean immigrants, who set up a life apart for themselves. The political system was pluralistic, with a strong emphasis on promoting industrialization and modernization. Literacy was high and the educational system expanded rapidly, producing a middle class with a taste for literature and a willingness to support the arts. In 1927, General Motors operated a factory called Osaka Assembly until 1941, manufacturing Chevrolet, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and Buick vehicles, operated and staffed by Japanese workers and managers. In the nearby city of Ikeda in Osaka Prefecture is the headquarters office of Daihatsu, Japan's oldest automobile manufacturer.
Like its European and American counterparts, Osaka displayed slums, unemployment, and poverty. In Japan it was here that municipal government first introduced a comprehensive system of poverty relief, copied in part from British models. Osaka policymakers stressed the importance of family formation and mutual assistance as the best way to combat poverty. This minimized the cost of welfare programs.
During World War II, Osaka came under air attacks in 1945 by the United States Army Air Forces as part of the air raids on Japan. On March 13, 1945, a total of 329 Boeing B-29 Superfortress heavy bombers took part in the raid against Osaka. According to an American prisoner of war who was held in the city, the air raid took almost the entire night and destroyed 25 squares miles of the city. The U.S. bombed the city again twice in June 1945 and again on August 14, a day before Japan's surrender.
Luxury sleeper train Mizukaze departs from Osaka on first run - The Japan Times
17 Jun 2017 at 2:53am
The Japan TimesLuxury sleeper train Mizukaze departs from Osaka on first runThe Japan TimesOSAKA
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Railway Co. launched its latest tourist draw Saturday, a 10-coach luxury sleeper train called a ?hotel on wheels.? Since February, when the plan was announced, the Twilight Express Mizukaze has proven popular even months before ...Japan's
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23 Jun 2017 at 12:08am
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Japan Arrests Longest-Sought Fugitive After Nearly 46 Years - The ... - New Y...
8 Jun 2017 at 1:22pm
New York TimesJapan Arrests Longest-Sought Fugitive After Nearly 46 Years - The ...New York Times
Masaaki Osaka, 67, is accused of killing a police officer during protests in 1971. The authorities said they identified Mr. Osaka through DNA testing.Leftist group Chukaku-ha helped ex-fugitive Osaka elude capture for ...The Japan TimesJapanese
leftist radical is finally caught after 45 YEARS on the run over the death of a police officer who 'he set ...
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Osaka teen first alleged ransomware maker arrested in Japan - The Japan Times
5 Jun 2017 at 3:12am
The Japan TimesOsaka teen first alleged ransomware maker arrested in JapanThe Japan Times
YOKOHAMA ? A 14-year-old in Osaka
Prefecture has become the first person in Japan
arrested for allegedly creating ransomware, the police said Monday. The third-year junior high school student, who was arrested the same day, is suspected of combining ...and more »
New eatery, shopping complex opens near Osaka Castle - Japan Today
22 Jun 2017 at 4:29pm
Japan TodayNew eatery, shopping complex opens near Osaka CastleJapan Today
A new complex containing restaurants and stores opened in Osaka
Castle Park on Thursday with the operator aiming to cash in on the growing number of foreign and local tourists visiting the major historical attraction in Osaka
. The two-story complex ...
Osaka 'minpaku' services see surge in complaints amid tourism boom - The Japa...
11 Jun 2017 at 2:40am
The Japan TimesOsaka 'minpaku' services see surge in complaints amid tourism boomThe Japan TimesOSAKA
? The city of Osaka
has been struggling to respond to a spate of complaints about problems linked to the emerging minpaku business, which makes vacant rooms in private homes available as accommodations for tourists, particularly for those from ...
Osaka kindergarten employee suspected in two arson fires - The Japan Times
14 Jun 2017 at 5:31pm
The Japan TimesOsaka kindergarten employee suspected in two arson firesThe Japan TimesOSAKA
? A female kindergarten employee has surfaced as an arson suspect in connection with a recent series of fires at her workplace in the city of Osaka
, investigative sources said Wednesday. Last month, two suspicious fires broke out at Ikusei ...
Osaka clinic reports five births from experimental IVF treatment, but some ex...
22 Jun 2017 at 2:00am
The Japan TimesOsaka clinic reports five births from experimental IVF treatment, but some experts question safetyThe Japan Times
The clinic conducted the treatment after gaining approval for clinical research from the Japan
Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology in December 2015. According to HORAC Grand Front Osaka
Clinic, it treated 21 women with the technique, collecting ...
Nintendo and Universal Studios break ground on Super Nintendo ... - Financial...
22 Jun 2017 at 12:54am
Financial PostNintendo and Universal Studios break ground on Super Nintendo ...Financial Post
Nintendo Co. Ltd. and partner Universal Studios Japan Co. Ltd. took a big step this week in the journey toward the long-awaited Nintendo theme park, Super ...and more »
Osaka deploys 900 police to ATMs as transfer scams double - The Japan Times
12 Jun 2017 at 3:18am
The Japan TimesOsaka deploys 900 police to ATMs as transfer scams doubleThe Japan TimesOSAKA
? The Osaka
Prefectural Police have deployed 900 officers to about 400 unmanned bank branches on Monday to combat transfer scams targeting the elderly. Operations of this size are rare in any prefecture, and the police did not say when it would ...