National Topics

Nov 25, 2015

Japan to deploy 500 GSDF troops on Ishigaki Island

The government will deploy some 500 Ground Self-Defense Force troops in the island city of Ishigaki to strengthen the defense of southwestern Japan’s remote islands, a government source said Wednesday. Kenji Wakamiya, parliamentary vice minister of defense, will visit the city in Okinawa Prefecture ...

Nov 25, 2015

Japan to send lawmaker Nukaga for funeral of Kim Young-sam

Japan will send Fukushiro Nukaga, head of the Japan-South Korea parliamentarians’ league, as its special representative to a state funeral for former South Korean President Kim Young-sam scheduled for Thursday, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. Nukaga, a former finance minister and a senior ...

Nov 24, 2015

Ono, Matsuno to vie for Ishin leadership

Ishin no To (Japan Innovation Party) general council head Jiro Ono and party leader Yorihisa Matsuno filed Tuesday to run in the party’s leadership election Dec. 5. Issues facing the major opposition party include the proposed creation of a unified parliamentary group with the ...

Election wins energize Osaka Ishin

Nov 23, 2015

Election wins energize Osaka Ishin


The landslide victories scored Sunday by Osaka Ishin no Kai (One Osaka) in the gubernatorial and mayoral elections give its new national counterpart a strong advantage in recruiting for next summer's Upper House election and have the establishment parties on their heels.