| Nov 28, 2012

DPJ platform: TPP, end of reactors

The Democratic Party of Japan unveiled on Tuesday its policy platform for the Dec. 16 Lower House election, vowing to end use of nuclear power by the 2030s and promote participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade accord. Suffering a low public support rate, the ...

Hatoyama won't seek re-election

| Nov 22, 2012

Hatoyama won't seek re-election

Former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama officially announced Wednesday he will not run in the Dec. 16 Lower House election and instead will retire from politics. Hatoyama, 65, who has strongly opposed Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s key initiatives, including the consumption tax hike and participating ...

DPJ will only back candidates who endorse policies: Azumi

Nov 21, 2012

DPJ will only back candidates who endorse policies: Azumi

Without exception, the Democratic Party of Japan will only back candidates that support the party’s policies — including the consumption tax hike — in the Dec. 16 Lower House general election, DPJ Deputy Secretary General Jun Azumi said Tuesday. Since the party took power ...

| Nov 17, 2012

LDP-DPJ grudge match may see unity after poll

Friday’s dissolution of the Lower House sets the stage for a no-holds-barred grudge match between the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and the Liberal Democratic Party, while emerging “third-force” political groups are seen struggling to raise public awareness enough to change the current two-party ...

Ozawa acquittal is upheld in appeal

Nov 13, 2012

Ozawa acquittal is upheld in appeal

Former Democratic Party of Japan President Ichiro Ozawa did not conspire with former aides to falsify financial statements in his political funding management body Rikuzankai in 2004 and 2005, the Tokyo High Court ruled Monday, upholding his not-guilty verdict. But the legal victory is ...

Once bond bill clears, poll may soon follow

Nov 10, 2012

Once bond bill clears, poll may soon follow

With passage of the bond-issuance bill coming into sight, speculation was spreading Friday that Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda may dissolve the Lower House for an election before year’s end. For months, Noda has reiterated that various key issues have to be dealt with before ...

Nov 9, 2012

Diet takes up bond bill as LDP caves in

After months of hardball between the ruling and opposition blocs, Diet deliberations on the crucial bond-issuance bill kicked off Thursday, paving the way for its passage. The move came a day after the Liberal Democratic Party caved in, apparently judging it would anger the ...

Abe, DPJ to discuss bond bill passage

Nov 3, 2012

Abe, DPJ to discuss bond bill passage

After months of hardball with the ruling camp, Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe hinted he will cooperate with the Democratic Party of Japan in passing a critical bond-issuance bill. “We will agree to deliberate” with the DPJ on certain key issues, including legislation ...

Nov 1, 2012

Abe tries, fails to prod Noda on poll

Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe tried and failed once again Wednesday to corner Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda into promising to dissolve the Lower House by the end of the year, continuing a seemingly endless power struggle that only lawmakers appear to be interested ...