Ex-Mainichi reporter blasts Abe's push for secrets bill

Nov 15, 2013

Ex-Mainichi reporter blasts Abe's push for secrets bill

Takichi Nishiyama, an ex-reporter for the Mainichi Shimbun who uncovered the secret pact on the U.S. return of Okinawa, criticizes Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for trying to centralize power and control information with the state secrets bill.

Nov 14, 2013

Ruling bloc may yield on state secrets bill

Eager to see its state secrecy bill passed by the Lower House next week, the ruling coalition is showing signs of giving ground on the controversial legislation. The ruling bloc met with Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) on Wednesday to discuss several ...

Koizumi calls on Abe to ditch nuclear power

Nov 12, 2013

Koizumi calls on Abe to ditch nuclear power

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has abundant political capital and should declare an end to nuclear power, as the public mood for such a decision couldn’t be better, predecessor Junichiro Koizumi said Tuesday. “Nobody has had more favorable conditions to achieve a nuclear-free option than ...

Diet reform paralyzed by hypocritical habits

| Nov 4, 2013

Diet reform paralyzed by hypocritical habits

Indecision is a much-criticized feature of Japanese politics. Diet sessions are rife with unproductive wrangling as the ruling and opposition camps dispute the timing of the submission of bills while avoiding constructive discussions on them. Making matters worse, because the Constitution stipulates that Cabinet ...

Oct 29, 2013

IMF offers guarded praise to 'Abenomics'

“Abenomics” has brought positive results, but challenges remain as to whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe can implement structural reform to bring about sustainable growth, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday in its first preliminary assessment of his economic policies. “The policy actions taken so ...

Talks on body to deal with security begin

Oct 25, 2013

Talks on body to deal with security begin

The Diet started deliberations Friday on a bill to establish a Japanese version of the U.S. National Security Council, an entity designed to enhance the government’s ability to deal with national security and manage crises. The council, slated to be launched in January if ...