| Jul 10, 2010

DPJ shoots itself in foot in Shizuoka

by Jun Hongo

SHIZUOKA — It was supposed to be Ichiro Ozawa’s master plan, a strategy that would drive the final nail in the coffin of the Liberal Democratic Party and oust it from Shizuoka Prefecture for good. Instead, Democratic Party of Japan candidate Naoko Nakamoto has ...

| Jul 9, 2010

Playing both sides of the fence

by Masami Ito

NAGANO — Last summer’s historic victory by the Democratic Party of Japan in the Lower House election shook the national political structure to the core, including voting patterns. The Liberal Democratic Party had long dominated the block votes of interest groups. For these organizations, ...

| Jul 8, 2010

Miyazaki race hinges on beef crisis

by Eric Johnston

MIYAZAKI — When So Watanabe, a 32-year-old former Mainichi Shimbun reporter, indicated late last year he would represent the Democratic Party of Japan and take on Liberal Democratic Party incumbent Shinpei Matsushita, 43, for the Miyazaki Prefecture seat in Sunday’s Upper House election, the ...

| Jul 6, 2010

Campaigning in Tokyo heats up

by Alex Martin and Takahiro Fukada

With beads of sweat pouring down his forehead, veteran Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker Toshio Ogawa addressed a small crowd in Tokyo late last month, begging for their support in the Upper House election. The 62-year-old Ogawa told the gathering their votes would allow ...

| Jul 5, 2010

Kan eyes wider corporate tax base

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Sunday that he wants to consider expanding the corporate tax base in parallel with a proposal to cut corporate tax rates. Speaking on a Fuji Television program, Kan’s remarks apparently signal that he may review preferential taxation for some ...

| Jul 1, 2010

Your Party touting smaller government

by Maya Kaneko

Your Party is campaigning on a growth-oriented policy in hopes of striking a chord with businesspeople unhappy with the economy. Compared with the Democratic Party of Japan and Liberal Democratic Party, which both somewhat back big government with their vow to hike the consumption ...

| Jul 1, 2010

DPJ's second wind worries rivals

by Mai Iida

April was an unusual month for politics as several new parties debuted in short order. One is Shinto Kaikaku (New Renaissance Party), launched by Liberal Democratic Party defector Yoichi Masuzoe, who has often been the public’s pick for prime minister in opinion polls. Another ...

| Jun 25, 2010

Showdown could reshape political scene

by Jun Hongo

The last House of Councilors election in 2007 heralded a change of regime, with the then ruling Liberal Democratic Party losing control of the chamber. That loss was followed by the swift resignations of two LDP prime ministers, before a crushing defeat in the ...