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 ...

Wins in Hokkaido, Oita lift ruling bloc's prospects

Apr 13, 2015

Wins in Hokkaido, Oita lift ruling bloc's prospects

The governors of Hokkaido and Oita won re-election to a fourth term Sunday as the first wave of the quadrennial unified elections produced victories for the Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito ruling bloc. In Hokkaido, Gov. Harumi Takahashi, 61, ran as an independent and beat rival ...

LDP to install 'puri-kura' machine at party headquarters

Apr 6, 2015

LDP to install 'puri-kura' machine at party headquarters

For the Japanese political junkie who has everything, the party of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is offering the perfect gift — a small sticky-back selfie with the bouffant party leader. Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, the establishment choice for graying conservatives over several generations, is ...