Eda stirs opposition shake-up

Dec 10, 2013

Eda stirs opposition shake-up

At the center of a possible realignment of the opposition camp, former Your Party Secretary-General Kenji Eda manages to gather some 50 Diet lawmakers as he launches a policy study group expected to lead to a new party.

Nov 14, 2013

Ruling bloc may yield on state secrets bill

by Ayako Mie

Eager to see its state secrecy bill passed by the Lower House next week, the ruling coalition is showing signs of giving ground on the controversial legislation. The ruling bloc met with Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) on Wednesday to discuss several ...

Mayor of Sakai returned in fresh blow to Hashimoto

Sep 29, 2013

Mayor of Sakai returned in fresh blow to Hashimoto

Mayor Osami Takeyama’s victory Sunday in the Sakai mayoral election in Osaka Prefecture has cast a shadow over the political future of brash Nippon Ishin co-leader Toru Hashimoto, the mayor of Osaka. Takeyama, a 63-year-old independent, defeated former Sakai Assemblyman Katsutoshi Nishibayashi, his sole ...