Oct 20, 2015

Panel clears Obuchi over career-damaging scandal

A panel investigating former trade and industry minister Yuko Obuchi’s alleged misuse of political funds ruled Monday she had no legal responsibility for the scandal that led to her resignation last year. Nevertheless, the incident has left a stain. Analysts say the 41-year-old political ...

With eye on succeeding Abe, Ishiba launches own LDP faction

Sep 28, 2015

With eye on succeeding Abe, Ishiba launches own LDP faction

Liberal Democratic Party heavyweight and current minister for regional revitalization Shigeru Ishiba launched his own faction within the ruling party Monday, with an eye toward succeeding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as the party’s next president. A total of 19 LDP lawmakers joined Ishiba’s new faction, ...