Feb 29, 2016

DPJ, Ishin to merge March 27 at special convention

The Democratic Party of Japan and Ishin no To (Japan Innovation Party) will hold a convention March 27 in a Tokyo hotel to launch their new party, members of the two parties said Monday. The largest and third-largest opposition parties will merge to challenge ...

Feb 28, 2016

LDP won't field candidate to fill Miyazaki's seat

The Liberal Democratic Party won’t field a candidate in the Lower House by-election to replace paternal leave champion Kensuke Miyazaki, who resigned over an extramarital affair, a source in the conservative party said. The decision was made as the ruling LDP doesn’t think it ...

Feb 21, 2016

Crackdown on questionable adoption agencies in works

The ruling coalition is considering making it mandatory for adoption agencies to be licensed, as opposed to merely registered, informed sources said. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its partner, Komeito, hope the stiffer requirements will shut down questionable agencies that charge excessive fees ...