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 ...

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 ...

Mar 26, 2015

Cabinet aims to approve security legislation around May 15

The government and ruling coalition are considering adopting national security legislation aimed at expanding the scope of Self-Defense Forces’ operations overseas at a Cabinet meeting around May 15, Jiji Press has learned. The Abe administration, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its partner, Komeito, ...

Mar 24, 2015

Wartime slogan should stay buried

The silence of the Abe administration on a the use of the phrase "Hakko Ichiu" by an LDP lawmaker will only serve to raise suspicions about its attitude toward Japan's militaristic past.

Mar 24, 2015

Lawmakers to submit casinos bill this month

Pro-casino lawmakers said on Tuesday they will resubmit a failed bill to legalize gambling at so-called “integrated resorts” by the end of this month, hoping to pass the controversial law this year. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promoted casinos as part of his economic ...