Dec 2, 2014

Ishin no To is fighting for its political life

Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party), co-headed by populist Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, captured 54 seats in the December 2012 Lower House election, making it, and him, national political forces. But after two years of infighting, which led to a massive drop in ...

Hate speech law faces uphill battle as snap poll may derail debate

| Nov 17, 2014

Hate speech law faces uphill battle as snap poll may derail debate

Over the past few months, hate speech in Japan and efforts to address the situation with legislation have drawn domestic and international attention. Currently no law bans hate speech. While some local- and national-level politicians have criticized groups like the ultranationalist Zaitokukai when its ...