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Apr 29, 2015

Casino bill resubmitted to House of Representatives

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and two opposition parties submitted a bill to the House of Representatives on Tuesday that, if passed, would lift a ban on casinos. The LDP, Ishin no To (Japan Innovation Party) and the Party for Future Generations jointly proposed ...

Anti-dengue plague plan eyed by health ministry

Apr 29, 2015

Anti-dengue plague plan eyed by health ministry

The health ministry will soon draw up guidelines to prevent a new outbreak of dengue fever, after last summer’s incidence became the nation’s first in about 70 years. A total of 162 people were infected with the virus across 18 prefectures last year. An ...

Hundreds protest in San Francisco for Abe war apology

Apr 29, 2015

Hundreds protest in San Francisco for Abe war apology

Hundreds of people protested outside the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco, calling on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to apologize for his country’s treatment of people from other parts of Asia during World War II. Tuesday’s protest comes days before the prime minister is scheduled ...

Apr 28, 2015

LDP aims to revise Constitution by 2017

by Mizuho Aoki

A key member of the Liberal Democratic Party said Tuesday he wants the party to achieve its long-held goal of revising the Constitution within the next two years, arguing the 68-year-old charter should be updated to adapt to a changing domestic and international environment. ...

Apr 28, 2015

12th court ruling questions constitutionality of 2014 election

The Okayama branch of the Hiroshima High Court ruled Tuesday that the results of the 2014 House of Representatives election were “in a state of unconstitutionality” due to disparities in the weight of votes between constituencies, but it rejected the plaintiffs’ demand to nullify ...