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/ Mar 13, 2017

Abe ally elected mayor in Yamaguchi, beating incumbent

A former secretary of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was elected mayor of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Sunday, beating the incumbent and another contender. Shintaro Maeda, 40, backed by the Liberal Democratic Party and running for the first time, prevailed over Mayor Tomoaki Nakao, 67, ...

/ Mar 13, 2017

SDP exec dismisses three-party merger

Seiji Mataichi, secretary-general of the Social Democratic Party, is pessimistic about Liberal Party leader Ichiro Ozawa’s proposal for an SDP-Liberal merger with the main opposition Democratic Party. Mataichi said in an interview that rather than a formal three-way merger, the four primary opposition parties ...

/ Mar 10, 2017

Komeito agrees to cooperate with Koike's party in Tokyo poll

Komeito has broadly agreed to cooperate with the regional political party effectively led by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike in the July 2 metropolitan assembly election, sources said Friday. Komeito, the partner of the Liberal Democratic Party in national politics, and Koike’s Tomin First no ...

Abe to meet with EU leaders later this month

/ Mar 10, 2017

Abe to meet with EU leaders later this month

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Brussels on March 21 to meet with European Union leaders. At the meeting, Abe and the EU leaders, including EU Council President Donald Tusk, are likely to reaffirm their determination ...