Photos borrowed from BBC News.
Toru Hashimoto won the position of mayor of Osaka in the election on Sunday. Here is how the BBC reported it (11/28/11):
Japan 'gangster son' Toru Hashimoto wins Osaka ballot
Previous story (11/24/11):
Gangster son takes on conservative Osaka mayor
Hashimoto is quoted here as saying, "There is no other city as vulgar and obscene as Osaka."
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose. I fear Hashimoto's eyesight...
And here is how the BBC represent Osaka in a 9-picture slide show with captions (11/24/11):
In pictures: Osaka seeks economic growth
Personally, I feel slighted by this representation and Hashimoto's "vision" of Osaka. My frustration and disappointment with Japanese politics continues.
Related links on the Osaka election from Japanese newspapers:
Maverick pair claim mandate to unify city, prefecture
Hashimoto, Matsui win twin Osaka polls
Editorial: Osaka elections mark beginning of full-fledged debate on 'double administration'
Hashimoto wins election / Vows to quickly press central govt on Osaka metropolis plan