Yokota, '200 other abductees' dead: Ishihara

| Dec 12, 2012

Yokota, '200 other abductees' dead: Ishihara

Shintaro Ishihara, leader of Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party), said he believes Megumi Yokota and other Japanese abducted by North Korea are dead and called for revising the pacifist Constitution to allow Japan to threaten to wage war against such countries. “Circumstantial ...

'Changed' Abe makes case for fresh chance

| Dec 11, 2012

'Changed' Abe makes case for fresh chance

by Masami Ito

In an article published Monday in the monthly Bungei Shunju magazine, Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe apologized for abandoning the prime ministership a year into his term in 2007 but insisted he is a changed man and deserving of another chance. Abe, who ...

| Dec 7, 2012

LDP: Gays don't need special rights

The Liberal Democratic Party believes that no additional measures are required to protect the rights of gays and lesbians, though almost all of the other major parties running in the Dec. 16 general election feel otherwise, a survey by a sexual minority advocacy group ...

Many voices but no clear messages

| Dec 7, 2012

Many voices but no clear messages

by Masami Ito

With so many parties — and their seemingly mix-and-match policy positions — vying in the Dec. 16 Lower House election, voters are facing a difficult choice. Even so, all the sudden mergers and policy rejiggering suggest the new parties would be no better than ...

| Dec 7, 2012

Sharp's boomtown seeks salve for bust

The city of Kameyama, Mie Prefecture, home to a major state-of-the-art Sharp factory, rode the boom when the electronics maker was leading the world in liquid-crystal display TV sets. But the mood in the city of about 50,000 has turned gloomy since the firm ...

| Dec 7, 2012

Hashimoto tweets challenge to election law

by Eric Johnston

Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) founder and deputy leader Toru Hashimoto continued his personal Twitter feed Thursday, two days after campaigning officially began and a day after Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said the legality of his actions would be left up ...

DPJ, LDP clash in 255 single-seat constituencies

| Dec 6, 2012

DPJ, LDP clash in 255 single-seat constituencies

The Democratic Party of Japan and Liberal Democratic Party are competing in 255 of 300 single-seat constituencies in the Dec. 16 general election. At least one of the so-called third-force parties — Nippon Mirai no To (Tomorrow Party of Japan), Nippon Ishin no Kai ...