| 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 ...

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 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, ...