Ruling bloc rams secrets bill through Lower House

Nov 26, 2013

Ruling bloc rams secrets bill through Lower House

The ruling coalition forced its contentious state secrets bill through the Lower House on Tuesday evening amid calls from all but one of the opposition forces for further deliberations on its provisions. The bill was immediately sent to the Upper House after the ruling ...

Nov 21, 2013

Ruling camp fends off rewrite of secrets bill

The ruling bloc keeps its contentious state secrets bill intact though it gives the appearance of compromising with Nippon Ishin no Kai to attach minor requirements on government bodies seeking to classify information.

Nov 19, 2013

Ruling bloc may yield a bit on state secrets bill

The Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito ruling bloc is wooing the opposition camp this week to reach common ground on the contentious state secrets bill that the administration hopes the Lower House passed by Friday. The main focus of the discussions is how to introduce ...

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 ...