Sep 5, 2016

Government to extend early voting on Supreme Court justices

The government has decided to bring rules for early voting on Supreme Court justices in line with those for Lower House elections, according to a government source. The change, to extend the early voting period to 11 days, is aimed at making it more ...

May 13, 2016

Nearly 60% oppose early Lower House election in Japan: poll

Nearly 60 percent of respondents think that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should not dissolve the House of Representatives early to hold an election, even if he puts off a planned consumption tax hike, a poll showed Friday. In the poll, 35.4 percent said there ...

LDP weighs up double elections next summer

Nov 11, 2015

LDP weighs up double elections next summer

Speculation that elections may be held simultaneously next summer for both chambers of the Diet has not subsided within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. A summer 2016 election for the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber, to coincide with the triennial election for ...

Dec 12, 2014

Take the time to vote

Voter turnout Sunday for the Lower House election is forecast to be as low as it was in the 2012 race. Young people especially need to realize that, by avoiding the polls, they are losing their voice on issues that will certainly affect their ...

'Abenomics' in the spotlight

Dec 9, 2014

'Abenomics' in the spotlight


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe blames the opposition camp for criticizing "Abenomics" without presenting lternatives. But finding a way to put today's economy on a virtuous circle is akin to trying to create something out of nothing.

Dec 3, 2014

Debating nuclear energy

Lawmakers and parties need to lay out energy plans that include measures to reduce emissions that don't rely on nuclear power.