National Topics

Mar 26, 2015

Osaka court rules vote gap in 2014 poll constitutional

The Osaka High Court on Thursday ruled that the House of Representatives election in December, in which there was a maximum 2.13-fold disparity in the weight of votes between districts, was constitutional. The court dismissed the plaintiffs’ demand that the election results in Nara ...

Mar 26, 2015

Diet members to visit China in early May

Members of a supra-partisan group of Japanese lawmakers are set to visit China for three days starting May 4. The plan was reported to Wednesday’s general meeting of the group, which works to promote friendship between Japan and China. The parliamentarians’ league, headed by ...

Mar 26, 2015

Cabinet aims to approve security legislation around May 15

The government and ruling coalition are considering adopting national security legislation aimed at expanding the scope of Self-Defense Forces’ operations overseas at a Cabinet meeting around May 15, Jiji Press has learned. The Abe administration, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its partner, Komeito, ...

Abe, New Zealand's Key vow TPP progress

Mar 24, 2015

Abe, New Zealand's Key vow TPP progress

by Masaaki Kameda

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his New Zealand counterpart John Key pledged further cooperation Tuesday to wrap up the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations soon. Speaking to reporters alongside Key at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo, Abe said the two leaders also agreed to jointly ...