Hello, my name is Toru Hashimoto and I am governor of Osaka Prefecture. I grew up in Osaka and truly love Osaka from the bottom of my heart. I have never allowed myself to forget Osaka’s vitality, kindness and tolerance. However Osaka is now losing her vitality, luster and sparkling individuality. Information broadcast from Tokyo paints a consistently negative image of Osaka. I want to change Osaka. “Laughing children”, “laughing adults”, I want to make Osaka a place filled with smiling faces. I want to recapture the “uniqueness of Osaka”, a uniqueness which cannot be found anywhere else in Japan. To achieve this I want to use all the powers I have. My mind is now filled with these thoughts. I am young and do not have any government or local government experience. However, I will use my bold ideas and unparalleled energy to the full and revitalize Osaka, making her into a fascinating place, and I shall work my hardest to undertake reforms to achieve this goal.
|March 1988||Graduated from Osaka Prefectural Kitano Senior High School|
|March 1994||Graduated from School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University|
|1994||Passed the bar examination|
|April 1997||Registered as a lawyer|
|April 1998||Opened Hashimoto Law Office|
|February 2008||Appointed Governor of Osaka Prefecture|