Timing eyed for Cabinet reshuffle

Jul 26, 2014

Timing eyed for Cabinet reshuffle

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to replace more than half of his 18 ministers in the first week of September in what would be his first Cabinet reshuffle since taking office in December 2012, senior government officials said. The focus will be on ...

Biden, Ishiba see eye to eye

May 2, 2014

Biden, Ishiba see eye to eye

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and a top official of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party agreed Thursday to strengthen bilateral relations and make efforts toward signing a Pacific free trade pact. Shigeru Ishiba, the No. 2 man in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s LDP, told ...

Apr 6, 2014

SDF may acquire global reach: Ishiba

Japan could exercise the right of collective self-defense “on the other side of the globe” if national security required it, said Shigeru Ishiba, the Liberal Democratic Party’s No. 2 official. “Basically we don’t expect we will go to the other side of the globe,” ...

LDP dangles cash in Nago poll

Jan 18, 2014

LDP dangles cash in Nago poll

by Eric Johnston

In a last-ditch attempt to win votes for the pro-base candidate in Sunday’s Nago mayoral election, Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba has promised voters Tokyo will set up a ¥50 billion fund to be used to revitalize the local economy. Ishiba made the ...

Protecting nature to protect ourselves

| Dec 21, 2013

Protecting nature to protect ourselves

by Stephen Hesse

This month’s column takes an intrepid look at efforts to expand protected areas in Japan and worldwide, areas that are essential to conserve biological diversity and mitigate natural disasters. “Intrepid” because ecosystems are the backbone of food and water security, and with national security ...

Dec 15, 2013

Ishiba's ominous words

Statements by LDP Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba underscore the danger that the new state secrets law could pose to Japanese democracy.