Jun 10, 2014

LDP seeks defense deal by Friday

Unless the ruling coalition strikes a deal this week, Cabinet will be unable to approve the use of collective self-defense during the current Diet session, a senior Liberal Democratic Party minister says.

May 28, 2014

Abe continues Diet push on collective self-defense

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his case again Wednesday for enabling Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense, amid discussions between the Liberal Democratic Party and junior coalition partner New Komeito on security scenarios that would require Japan to defend the U.S. and ...

Ruling bloc spars over defense shift

May 27, 2014

Ruling bloc spars over defense shift

The Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito are in the midst of wading through a number of thorny scenarios relating to national defense, including one that has sparked outrage from the coalition’s junior partner.

LDP touts moves to bolster 'Abenomics'

May 21, 2014

LDP touts moves to bolster 'Abenomics'

Corporate tax cuts, stronger corporate governance and closing the tax gap between one- and two-income households are among the Liberal Democratic Party’s recommendations for inclusion in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic growth strategy, due by the end of next month. The LDP, which met ...

May 20, 2014

Divided coalition begins defense talks

The ruling coalition kicked off discussions Tuesday aimed at overcoming a fundamental division on whether the Cabinet should reinterpret the Constitution and upgrade Japan’s defense posture in a changing security environment. While the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants swift ...