Mizuho Aoki

Mizuho Aoki is a staff writer covering local news, including the current Tokyo gubernatorial race, education and aviation-related stories. She graduated from Hitotsubashi Universty with a degree in social science.

For Mizuho Aoki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Komeito's 50 years of losing its religion

| Nov 20, 2014

Komeito's 50 years of losing its religion

Back in 1964, when the lay Buddhist organization Soka Gakkai founded Komeito, many people looked on warily: They believed it violated the Constitution’s separation of religion and politics. But in the week Komeito marked its 50th anniversary, observers say the party has successfully diluted ...

Nov 14, 2014

Abe's key bills set to be tossed if Diet dissolved

As the prospect of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolving the Lower House draws closer, the chances of his administration’s key bills passing the current Diet session appear increasingly slim. Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its ruling camp ally, Komeito, have effectively given up the ...