| Dec 16, 2012

Nippon Ishin seen in coalition lottery

by Eric Johnston

Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) is stumbling into Sunday’s Lower House election with polls showing it will pick up just a fraction of the seats it was eyeing, as internal squabbles have sown confusion and distrust among voters. However, with the Liberal ...

| Dec 15, 2012

Candidate, 94, taps funeral fund, runs

A 94-year-old man who cashed in his funeral savings to use as an election deposit was out canvassing for votes Friday as the oldest candidate in Sunday’s Lower House poll. Running as an independent, Ryokichi Kawashima says he felt he had to get involved ...

| Dec 15, 2012

Party strategists shift focus to seat counts

Political parties have turned their attention to the seat math for Sunday’s Lower House election because how they fare will determine how much power they can later wield. Altogether, 241 seats will constitute a majority in the 480-seat Lower House. If the two top ...

| Dec 15, 2012

Can LDP take Upper House as well?

by Reiji Yoshida

With polls suggesting the Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito pair will probably return to power after Sunday’s Lower House election, political analysts and insiders are already focusing on whether the alliance can win a majority in the Upper House race next summer and control the ...

| Dec 14, 2012

Disaster-hit areas seek more than just words

by Maya Kaneko

In areas ravaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, voters frustrated with the slow pace of recovery and anxious about their future are looking for their elected leaders to put together a faster and more robust reconstruction effort. In hard-hit Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, ...