Tamogami finds right-wing niche

Feb 5, 2014

Tamogami finds right-wing niche

Last Sunday, a week before Tokyo residents go to the polls and choose a new governor, prominent candidates were campaigning hard in Ginza, showcasing their ability to manage a ¥13 trillion annual budget that almost equals Indonesia’s national budget. Former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe ...

Yasukuni: It's open to interpretation

| Feb 3, 2014

Yasukuni: It's open to interpretation

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine in December stirred outrage at home and abroad because he was perceived as promoting his revisionist views on wartime history and violating the constitutional separation of state and religion.

Diet grills NHK boss on remarks

Jan 31, 2014

Diet grills NHK boss on remarks

In a bid to dodge criticism that he is unqualified to lead NHK, its embattled president, Katsuto Momii, tells the Diet the contentious remarks at his first official press conference were not the broadcaster's official views but his own.

Abe: 'Numbers do not lie'

Jan 19, 2014

Abe: 'Numbers do not lie'

Prime Minister Abe plays up fiscal consolidation and across-the-board prosperity as he returns to his “Abenomics” script for the Liberal Democratic Party convention.

Japan urged to embrace U.S.-style think tanks

Jan 10, 2014

Japan urged to embrace U.S.-style think tanks

Right before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet approved the nation’s new long-term National Security Strategy in mid-December, the independent think tank Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, composed of prominent Japanese and American scholars, compiled its own approach. Both the government and RJIF concur about many ...

Tamogami pledges SDF disaster prep

Jan 7, 2014

Tamogami pledges SDF disaster prep

Toshio Tamogami, a former top officer in the Air Self-Defense Force cashiered for historical revisionist comments, formally announces he will run for Tokyo governor, pledging to build a stronger disaster response system with the SDF to brace for terrorist attacks during the 2020 Olympics ...

Is wife Abe's main opposition rival?

Dec 19, 2013

Is wife Abe's main opposition rival?

Akie Abe is Japan's first lady of conviction and action, describing herself as an "opposition force at home" who doesn't shy away from speaking out in public against the policies of her husband, Shinzo.