Sep 23, 2016

Political parties used 20% less of their subsidies in 2015

Total spending of state subsidies by 10 of Japan’s political parties sank 19.8 percent to about ¥26 billion in 2015, the internal affairs ministry disclosed in a report Friday. The year-on-year drop occurred after spending on election-related expenses plunged 62.3 percent to around ¥3.3 ...

LDP groups ask Abe for tougher sanctions on North Korea

Sep 17, 2016

LDP groups ask Abe for tougher sanctions on North Korea

Two groups from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party have submitted to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a request to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea following its fifth nuclear test. In the request, submitted Friday, the LDP’s Headquarters for North Korean Abductions and Foreign Affairs ...

LDP policy chief calls for decommissioning of Monju reactor

Sep 16, 2016

LDP policy chief calls for decommissioning of Monju reactor

Toshimitsu Motegi, chairman of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s Policy Research Council, on Friday called for decommissioning the Monju prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor in central Japan as a cost-effective step for the troubled facility. In an interview, Motegi said that he cannot think of ...

Veteran LDP lawmaker Koichi Kato dies at age 77

Sep 10, 2016

Veteran LDP lawmaker Koichi Kato dies at age 77

Koichi Kato, a retired Liberal Democratic Party politician who was once widely considered as a top prospect to become prime minister, died of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital Friday, sources said. He was 77. Kato, a former secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party, was ...

LDP group to reassess how GDP is compiled

Sep 2, 2016

LDP group to reassess how GDP is compiled

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party will form a group by the end of the month to examine how to best collect and compile economic statistics that are used in key measures including gross domestic product, party lawmaker Yoshimasa Hayashi said. Hayashi, 55, added that ...