Sep 16, 2016

Government to defer bill penalizing criminal conspiracies

The government and ruling bloc will postpone introducing a bill that penalizes criminal conspiracies, officials said Friday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that the bill “is not included in the list of legislation to be submitted to the extraordinary Diet ...

Numbers to keep an eye on in Upper House election

Jul 10, 2016

Numbers to keep an eye on in Upper House election

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, along with junior coalition partner Komeito, aim to win a combined majority of the 121 seats up for grabs in an Upper House election Sunday. Abe has presented the vote as a referendum on his Abenomics stimulus ...

Japan's first lady, Akie Abe, speaks her own mind

Jun 18, 2016

Japan's first lady, Akie Abe, speaks her own mind

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has outlasted those that scoffed at his return to power as leader of the conservative Liberal Democratic Party in 2012. And yet while the prime minister appears to have established himself as an increasingly dominant force in domestic politics over ...