In landslide, DPJ wins over 300 seats

| Aug 31, 2009

In landslide, DPJ wins over 300 seats

The Democratic Party of Japan won the Lower House election by a landslide Sunday, grabbing more than 300 seats in the 480-seat chamber. The victory by the main opposition party will end more than half a century of almost uninterrupted rule by the Liberal ...

LDP heavyweight Koga running for his life

| Aug 28, 2009

LDP heavyweight Koga running for his life

by Eric Johnston

OMUTA, Fukuoka Pref. — For decades, voters in the Fukuoka No. 7 district, which encompasses the southern part of the prefecture, have always said, “Makoto ni arigato gozaimasu” come election time. This phrase, normally translated along the lines of “I offer my sincere thanks,” ...

Even Aso can't rely on shoo-in notion

| Aug 28, 2009

Even Aso can't rely on shoo-in notion

by Eric Johnston

IIZUKA, Fukuoka Pref. — Given his nationwide unpopularity, not a few candidates from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party would prefer that their leader, Prime Minister Taro Aso, not visit them during the election campaign lest this worsens their chances. But Aso is so confident ...

Reduced pork would pit DPJ against builders

| Aug 28, 2009

Reduced pork would pit DPJ against builders

The opposition vows to slash public works spending if it wins the election. Keeping that promise may be tough in a nation where construction is the No. 5 employer and a political fundraiser. Government outlays on dams, roads and bridges have been a source ...

| Aug 27, 2009

Political shift gives hope to gays

by Mariko Kato

The possible power shift in Sunday’s general election signals change for many, and one minority interest group is daring to hope it will bring about the biggest change yet. The nation’s gay and lesbian community, which has long been calling for an antidiscrimination law ...

Fierce battles rage for Tokyo seats

| Aug 27, 2009

Fierce battles rage for Tokyo seats

by Kazuaki Nagata

The 2005 Lower House election was a bitter experience for candidates on the Democratic Party of Japan’s ticket who ran in Tokyo’s 25 single-seat constituencies. Then-Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi pitched his postal privatization initiative and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, minus its postal reform ...

DPJ vow to ditch 'manga' museum rapped

| Aug 25, 2009

DPJ vow to ditch 'manga' museum rapped

While campaigning for this Sunday’s election has largely focused on economic and social security issues, people in the content industry are casting a cold eye on the contest following a recent confrontation in the Diet. The industry, which includes entertainment businesses such as “manga” ...