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 ...

Nov 21, 2014

Opposition must get its act together

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seeking a vote of confidence for his “Abenomics” policies in the Dec. 14 election of the Lower House. But as the chamber was officially dissolved Friday, the opposition parties still lack a common ground beyond their unanimous criticism of ...

Nov 20, 2014

Ex-minister Makiko Tanaka won't run in snap election

Another prominent political figure is bowing out ahead of the snap election next month: Former education minister Makiko Tanaka will not run for office, sources said Thursday. The 70-year-old daughter of late Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka failed to win a seat in the Lower ...

Nov 20, 2014

Two Your Party lawmakers apply to join DPJ

Two House of Representatives lawmakers from Your Party applied Thursday to join the Democratic Party of Japan, the nation’s largest opposition party, a day after the smaller group decided to disband. The DPJ will make arrangements to allow Koichi Yamauchi and Katsuhito Nakajima to ...