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:

Resurgent JCP has night to remember

| Dec 15, 2014

Resurgent JCP has night to remember

While the leaders of most of the opposition parties were grim-faced Sunday night, the Japanese Communist Party was celebrating after it more than doubled its seats in the Lower House. The party now has 21 lawmakers in the chamber, up from eight before Prime ...

Dec 1, 2014

Party chiefs spar at press club debate

Leaders of the ruling and opposition parties squared off during a debate at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on Monday, a day before official campaigning got underway for the Dec. 14 Lower House election. During the two-hour debate, attended by the leaders ...

Campaigns under way but outcome no surprise

| Dec 1, 2014

Campaigns under way but outcome no surprise

Two weeks after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to dissolve the Lower House and call a snap election, campaigning has officially kicked off with more than 1,000 candidates vying for the 475 seats in the Diet’s lower chamber. The Dec. 14 general election will ...

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 ...