| 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 ...

Behind the no-nuclear option

| Oct 30, 2012

Behind the no-nuclear option

The triple-meltdown crisis that began last year at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant jarred the public out of its complacent attitude toward nuclear power and every other assurance made by the government and Japan Inc. Suddenly, thousands of people were fleeing their homes ...

Aug 30, 2012

Censure motion against Noda OK'd

With the Sept. 8 end of the current Diet session nearing, political players in Nagata-cho engaged in a heated tit-for-tat battle Wednesday as the opposition-controlled Upper House passed a censure motion against Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to try to push him into dissolving the ...

Revival eludes nation's birthrate

| Aug 28, 2012

Revival eludes nation's birthrate

It sounds like a broken record: Japan is beset by a low birthrate and an aging society. The nation certainly has a long “to do” list to finish before it can create an environment more conducive to raising children. Amid a surge in singles, ...

Seoul holding islets illegally, Noda charges

Aug 25, 2012

Seoul holding islets illegally, Noda charges

Japan escalated its verbal attacks on Seoul over the Takeshima territorial row Friday, with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda calling South Korea’s control of the islets “illegal” and the Lower House adopting a resolution denouncing its president, Lee Myung Bak, the first such Diet action ...