Ruling coalition suffers huge defeat

| Jul 30, 2007

Ruling coalition suffers huge defeat

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition was thoroughly trounced in Sunday’s election, losing its majority in the House of Councilors. The Democratic Party of Japan meanwhile took over as the leading force in the Upper House. Despite the huge setback for his Liberal Democratic ...

| Jul 30, 2007

By-elections go to DPJ, LDP candidates

Attorney Takeshi Shina of the Democratic Party of Japan was headed for victory Sunday in a Lower House by-election in Iwate Prefecture, exit polls showed. Shina, 40, who also received support from another opposition party, Kokumin Shinto (People’s New Party), was virtually assured of ...

Abe, Ozawa make last plea for votes

| Jul 29, 2007

Abe, Ozawa make last plea for votes

Leaders of the ruling and opposition camps made their final pleas for votes Saturday, the last day of the 17-day campaign for Sunday’s Upper House election. “This is an election to decide whether we boost the economy or we return to an era of ...

| Jul 28, 2007

LDP failing to woo swing voters, females

Embattled Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party has apparently fallen further behind the Democratic Party of Japan in wooing nonaffiliated voters before Sunday’s Upper House election and is also losing women’s support. With the 17-day official campaign period nearing its end, Winning over ...