Dec 4, 2015

LDP lawmakers meet fourth-ranking Chinese official

Executives from the ruling party met with the fourth-ranking member of the Communist Party of China on Friday, the day after the two countries resumed dialogue between their ruling parties after a gap of nearly seven years. During the meeting at the Great Hall ...

Dec 4, 2015

Fresh bid to hike cigarette tax in works

Ruling bloc lawmakers plan to file a bid to hike the tobacco tax in a drive to improve public health ahead of the Olympics. A group of lawmakers from the Liberal Democratic Party plans to submit a joint proposal with Komeito, its coalition partner, ...

Nov 30, 2015

Japan may end business tax break for solar installs, Nikkei says

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is reportedly seeking to halt funding for the lion’s share of a ¥70 billion renewable energy program by removing tax breaks for companies that install solar panels to sell power. Cutting the solar incentive portion of the initiative will ...

Nov 25, 2015

Japan to send lawmaker Nukaga for funeral of Kim Young-sam

Japan will send Fukushiro Nukaga, head of the Japan-South Korea parliamentarians’ league, as its special representative to a state funeral for former South Korean President Kim Young-sam scheduled for Thursday, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. Nukaga, a former finance minister and a senior ...

Nov 25, 2015

LDP, Komeito remain apart over consumption tax relief

Senior officials in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and coalition partner Komeito failed to narrow their differences on Wednesday over the size of proposed consumption tax relief for some items. LDP officials argued that the government’s revenue shortfall resulting from the relief measure should ...

Election wins energize Osaka Ishin

Nov 23, 2015

Election wins energize Osaka Ishin

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The landslide victories scored Sunday by Osaka Ishin no Kai (One Osaka) in the gubernatorial and mayoral elections give its new national counterpart a strong advantage in recruiting for next summer's Upper House election and have the establishment parties on their heels.

LDP factions lose clout, leaving Abe with monopoly on power

Nov 23, 2015

LDP factions lose clout, leaving Abe with monopoly on power

The Liberal Democratic Party, which marked the 60th anniversary of its founding earlier this month, has produced 22 prime ministers since its inception in 1955, including Shinzo Abe. In many previous LDP administrations, intraparty factions wielded enormous influence, but the party’s inner dynamics have ...