Sep 23, 2016

Political parties used 20% less of their subsidies in 2015

Total spending of state subsidies by 10 of Japan’s political parties sank 19.8 percent to about ¥26 billion in 2015, the internal affairs ministry disclosed in a report Friday. The year-on-year drop occurred after spending on election-related expenses plunged 62.3 percent to around ¥3.3 ...

DP chief Okada facing internal pressure to step down

Jul 22, 2016

DP chief Okada facing internal pressure to step down

Ahead of an election for the main opposition Democratic Party in September, DP President Katsuya Okada is facing pressure from its conservative members to step down. In his online newsletter on Wednesday, former State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Teruhiko Mashiko urged Okada ...

Meet the people driving Japan's new Democratic Party

Mar 27, 2016

Meet the people driving Japan's new Democratic Party

Following are brief profiles of the executives running the Democratic Party, the new opposition party formed Sunday through the merger of the Democratic Party of Japan and Ishin no To (Japan Innovation Party): Katsuya Okada Okada, 62, served as deputy prime minister and foreign ...