China paper warns of Abe's hard line

| Dec 18, 2012

China paper warns of Abe's hard line

A Chinese Communist Party newspaper, in the editorial of its Monday edition, warned against the hardline stance of Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe, who is set to become the next prime minister. China will be closely watching how Japan’s next administration, to be ...

LDP flattens DPJ in bruising return to power

| Dec 17, 2012

LDP flattens DPJ in bruising return to power

The Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito alliance won 325 seats in the Lower House — a supermajority that would allow it to override Upper House vetoes — as it reclaims power after three years in the opposition. The LDP victory ends the government led by ...

Inose cruises to victory in Tokyo governor's race

| Dec 17, 2012

Inose cruises to victory in Tokyo governor's race

Naoki Inose, the prizewinning writer who became a Tokyo vice governor in 2007, was elected the capital’s next governor Sunday. The 66-year-old Inose, named by Shintaro Ishihara as his favored candidate when he stepped down as governor in October to run for the Diet, ...

| Dec 17, 2012

Snoozing staff delay vote in Akita, Gifu

The start of voting Sunday was delayed in the cities of Akita and Gifu as the custodians of the ballot slips overslept for the House of Representatives election. About 10 voters in Akita and two in Gifu went home without casting ballots after waiting ...

Zero nuclear goal looks vulnerable

| Dec 17, 2012

Zero nuclear goal looks vulnerable

The recently compiled energy strategy aimed at phasing out nuclear power by the 2030s is likely to be revised under the next government, expected to be led by the Liberal Democratic Party, which has been critical of the push to completely abandon atomic energy ...

Loss of Niigata seat puts end to 'Tanaka Empire'

| Dec 17, 2012

Loss of Niigata seat puts end to 'Tanaka Empire'

Former education minister Makiko Tanaka of the Democratic Party of Japan lost her seat in Niigata Prefecture in Sunday’s general election. Tanaka’s defeat to Liberal Democratic Party contender Tadayoshi Nagashima in the No. 5 district was mostly due to her weakening support from local, ...