Jul 11, 2016

Abe's new voter mandate

Prime Minister Abe should use his coalition's bolstered Diet majority to more effectively implement economic reforms, not to amend the Constitution.

Business community hopes stable Abe government brings tough economic reforms

Jul 11, 2016

Business community hopes stable Abe government brings tough economic reforms

The business community has urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to pursue economic and fiscal policy reforms under a stable government, following the ruling coalition’s victory in Sunday’s House of Councilors election. “Economic growth and fiscal rehabilitation are issues that should be achieved simultaneously,” said ...

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 ...

How long can Japan's old mens' club last?

| Jul 9, 2016

How long can Japan's old mens' club last?

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Media coverage of the House of Councilors election campaign has been even more lacking in substance than usual. On July 2, Tokyo Shimbun noted how “low-key” the coverage has been on TV. After the excitement of the money scandal surrounding former Tokyo Gov. Yoichi ...