Dec 1, 2014

Party chiefs spar at press club debate

by Mizuho Aoki

Leaders of the ruling and opposition parties squared off during a debate at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on Monday, a day before official campaigning got underway for the Dec. 14 Lower House election. During the two-hour debate, attended by the leaders ...

Nov 30, 2014

Abe issues more vows as opposition chiefs rip policies

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday vowed to redouble his efforts to lift personal consumption through additional stimulus measures. In a televised policy debate with leaders of other political parties ahead of the Dec. 14 House of Representatives election, Abe, who also heads the ...

Nov 24, 2014

LDP leads early opinion polls ahead of election

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party showed a strong lead in opinion polls released Monday ahead of the general election next month, despite a majority of respondents giving a thumbs-down to his economic blitz. The Lower House was dissolved Friday ahead of the ...