Jan 24, 2014

Opposition needs unified agenda

There are budding moves to reorganize Japan's fragmented political opposition to create a new force that can stand up to the giant ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party.

Eda stirs opposition shake-up

Dec 10, 2013

Eda stirs opposition shake-up

At the center of a possible realignment of the opposition camp, former Your Party Secretary-General Kenji Eda manages to gather some 50 Diet lawmakers as he launches a policy study group expected to lead to a new party.

Dec 8, 2013

Parties agree on necessity for secrets oversight panel

Several political parties Sunday agreed to hold talks to create a parliamentary panel to oversee the government’s designations of state secrets. The agreement came after the Diet passed controversial legislation late Friday night to toughen penalties against those leaking information designated as state secrets. ...

Noda slams 'Abenomics' as pork

Oct 2, 2013

Noda slams 'Abenomics' as pork

Former Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Tuesday criticized current leader Shinzo Abe’s latest economic stimulus program as “pork.” “I cannot help feeling that it is pork-barrel spending,” Noda, a supreme adviser of the Democratic Party of Japan, said in a speech in Washington, referring ...

Aug 7, 2013

Watanabe sacks Your Party exec Eda

by Ayako Mie

The upheaval in the opposition camp shows no sign of letting up, as witnessed by the Wednesday sacking of Kenji Eda as secretary-general of the 36 Diet member Your Party, a move that may divide its ranks. Amid the opposition disarray, the Liberal Democratic ...