DPJ test ends as Noda's team quietly bows out

Dec 27, 2012

DPJ test ends as Noda's team quietly bows out

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his Cabinet resigned en masse Wednesday morning, quietly closing the door on the Democratic Party of Japan’s first attempt to lead the nation and making way for the old Liberal Democratic Party’s return to power. During a Cabinet meeting ...

Kaieda takes DPJ helm; Ozawa overture hinted

Dec 26, 2012

Kaieda takes DPJ helm; Ozawa overture hinted

The Democratic Party of Japan picked former trade minister Banri Kaieda as its new president Tuesday, a sign that the party may seek to join hands with Ichiro Ozawa, a former DPJ leader who left the party earlier this year, for the upcoming Upper ...

LDP returns with all its old baggage

| Dec 25, 2012

LDP returns with all its old baggage

They’re baaaack. After warming the opposition bench for more than three years, the Liberal Democratic Party has returned to power, hungrier and more eager than ever to rule. True, the LDP has a long history and vast experience as the ruling party. But times ...

Dec 20, 2012

Still smarting, DPJ struggles to regroup

The chaotic aftermath of its crushing defeat in the Lower House election continued Wednesday to affect the Democratic Party of Japan as it was suddenly forced to change its plans and postpone a presidential election. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced his intention to step ...

Postelection Cabinet holds 'wake'

Dec 19, 2012

Postelection Cabinet holds 'wake'

Through rain or shine or even after Sunday’s humiliating drubbing, the government must go on, so Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his ministers Tuesday morning held their first Cabinet meeting since the election, a gloomy gathering participants likened to a wake. After an unprecedented ...

| Dec 17, 2012

Architects of DPJ effort accept blame for loss

The air was filled with doom at the Democratic Party of Japan’s campaign center Sunday evening as the ruling party came to grips with its sobering defeat in the Lower House election. While the Liberal Democratic Party swept to victory with New Komeito, many ...

Defiant North Korea launches rocket

Dec 13, 2012

Defiant North Korea launches rocket

Despite earlier reported technological problems and severe winter weather, North Korea successfully launched a long-range rocket Wednesday over the Pacific, the second stage of which fell 300 km east of the Philippines. The launch marks a significant boost in Pyongyang’s quest for ballistic missiles ...

Dec 11, 2012

N. Korea extends launch window

While Japan remained on high alert Monday for North Korea’s “satellite launch,” Pyongyang extended the launch window by a week to Dec. 29 because of a “technical deficiency,” the Korean Central News Agency said. KCNA quoted an unnamed spokesman for the Korean Committee of ...

'Changed' Abe makes case for fresh chance

| Dec 11, 2012

'Changed' Abe makes case for fresh chance

In an article published Monday in the monthly Bungei Shunju magazine, Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe apologized for abandoning the prime ministership a year into his term in 2007 but insisted he is a changed man and deserving of another chance. Abe, who ...