Jan 26, 2006

LDP, DPJ both red-faced for wooing Horie

A war of words erupted between senior officials of the Liberal Democratic Party and the Democratic Party of Japan over both parties’ wooing of now-arrested Livedoor Co. founder Takafumi Horie to run in the Sept. 11 general election. The exchange was triggered Tuesday when ...

Jan 26, 2006

Koizumi not backing down on Yasukuni

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi again attempted Wednesday to justify his repeated trips to Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine by noting that China and South Korea are the only countries that denounce the visits. Koizumi’s remark was in response to a question posed by Democratic Party of ...

Jan 25, 2006

Arrest of 'son' has LDP eating crow

The arrest of Livedoor Co. founder Takafumi Horie has rocked the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which had unofficially supported the 33-year-old Internet tycoon in the Sept. 11 general election as a standard-bearer in Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s reform drive. On Tuesday, LDP Secretary General ...

LDP wants public keyed to fall party race

Jan 19, 2006

LDP wants public keyed to fall party race

The Liberal Democratic Party said Wednesday it is aiming to raise public interest in its fall leadership race to choose a successor to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. The pledge is part of the LDP’s 2006 policy paper “Accelerating Reform,” adopted at its annual convention ...

Solo savior on the streets

| Jan 15, 2006

Solo savior on the streets

For the past 14 years, former high-school teacher Osamu Mizutani has had no rest as he has devoted himself to helping troubled youths put their lives back in order. Widely known as yomawari sensei (the night guard-teacher) for his nightly patrols to encourage kids ...

Jan 4, 2006

Income disparities rising in Japan

During the period of high postwar economic growth, most people in Japan came to consider themselves part of a middle class. With the burst of the economic bubble in the early 1990s and increasing globalization, however, that belief has been shaken as an increasing ...

Is hiking taxes the solution to Japan's fiscal mess?

Dec 31, 2005

Is hiking taxes the solution to Japan's fiscal mess?

The nation has no choice but to make salaried workers pay more taxes to put its finances in order. This infamous remark, uttered in June by Tax Commission chief Hiromitsu Ishi, angered a public that has been forced to cut back on daily living ...

Maehara raps Koizumi's policy toward U.S., Asia

Dec 18, 2005

Maehara raps Koizumi's policy toward U.S., Asia

Democratic Party of Japan leader Seiji Maehara said Saturday that Japan should place strong emphasis on its relations with other Asian countries, criticizing Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi for leaning too much on ties with the United States. Maehara made the comment in his speech ...

LDP, at 50, goes after Constitution

Nov 23, 2005

LDP, at 50, goes after Constitution

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi pledged Tuesday to put the nation on a reform path to meet the challenge of a rapidly changing world, and to this end presented his party’s blueprint to amend the Constitution for the first time to bring the charter in ...

LDP at 50 still rules, Koizumi permitting

Nov 23, 2005

LDP at 50 still rules, Koizumi permitting

The Liberal Democratic Party celebrated its 50th anniversary Tuesday and vowed to press ahead with reforms. The party declared that it must steer structural reforms in the same way the nation undertook bold changes during the Meiji Restoration in the 19th century and after ...