Apr 13, 2015

Winners in Sunday's gubernatorial elections

Ten governors were elected in Sunday’s quadrennial unified local elections. Here are their prefectures, names, terms in office and the parties that backed them. Hokkaido: Harumi Takahashi; entering fourth term; LDP/Komeito Kanagawa: Yuji Kuroiwa, entering second term; LDP/DPJ/Komeito/Nippon wo Genki ni Suru Kai (Party ...

Diet tussle over NHK budget set to heat up

Mar 29, 2015

Diet tussle over NHK budget set to heat up

A Diet confrontation over NHK’s fiscal 2015 budget is expected to heat up this week as questions are posed about whether President Katsuto Momii is qualified to lead the public broadcaster. While the Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition to have NHK’s budget approved before ...

DPJ proposes revising law on political donations

Mar 4, 2015

DPJ proposes revising law on political donations

The Democratic Party of Japan on Wednesday proposed revisions to the political funds control law to crack down on political donations from companies receiving state subsidies. It presented the proposal at a meeting of the Diet affairs heads of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party ...

Feb 26, 2015

DPJ chief Okada undergoes second round of retinal surgery

Democratic Party of Japan leader Katsuya Okada underwent retinal detachment surgery again at a Tokyo hospital Thursday and may be absent from Sunday’s party convention, a DPJ source said. Okada left the House of Representatives on Thursday afternoon after complaining of blurred vision. He ...

DPJ leaders confer with French economist Piketty

Jan 31, 2015

DPJ leaders confer with French economist Piketty

Democratic Party of Japan leader Katsuya Okada and other senior members of the top opposition party held a meeting Friday with visiting French economist Thomas Piketty, known for his study on economic inequalities. DPJ policy chief Goshi Hosono told Piketty that Prime Minister Shinzo ...