Dec 17, 2014

55% do not support Abe's security policies, poll shows

More than half of the respondents to a Kyodo News opinion poll do not support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s handling of security policies, which include allowing the nation to begin aiding allies under armed attack, despite the ruling bloc’s victory in Sunday’s election. The ...

LDP loses heavily in Okinawa

Dec 15, 2014

LDP loses heavily in Okinawa

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party saw all of its four candidates defeated in single-seat constituencies in Okinawa in Sunday’s Lower House election despite overwhelming support for the party elsewhere. The four had supported relocating a U.S. military base within the prefecture, but lost to ...

Slumbering official delays vote in Yamaguchi

Dec 14, 2014

Slumbering official delays vote in Yamaguchi

Voting for the House of Representatives election got off to a late start at a polling station in Yamaguchi on Sunday after a city employee in charge of ballot documents overslept. At least seven people waiting for the station to open went home without ...