The Osaka city and prefectural elections have been called. Hashimoto is the new mayor, and Matsui, from Hashimotos Isshin no Kai party, looks to become the new prefectural governor. Hashimoto is on track on his plans to unite Osaka city and Sakai city to the south.
And with about 2/3rds of the voters approving this plan it seems it may actually become reality. He still needs support in Sakai as well, and ultimately approval from the central government; this is where popular support for that plan specifically can make a real difference. He's nothing if not a doer — things will undoubtedly be rather interesting around here the next few years. Good interesting or bad is the question.