| 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 ...

Many voices but no clear messages

| Dec 7, 2012

Many voices but no clear messages

With so many parties — and their seemingly mix-and-match policy positions — vying in the Dec. 16 Lower House election, voters are facing a difficult choice. Even so, all the sudden mergers and policy rejiggering suggest the new parties would be no better than ...

DPJ's promise to change the system failed

| Dec 1, 2012

DPJ's promise to change the system failed

The Democratic Party of Japan rode to power in 2009 and ended decades of Liberal Democratic Party rule by promising to turn politicians into the true decision-makers and end the practice of bureaucrats calling the shots on behalf of ministries instead of the people. ...