| Dec 1, 2012

Kada party seen banking on Ozawa

by Eric Johnston

Shiga Gov. Yukiko Kada’s Nippon Mirai no To (Japan Future Party) is expected to issue an 80-point platform Sunday that will be a combination of ideas espoused by Ichiro Ozawa’s Kokumin no Seikatsu ga Daichi (People’s Life First), antinuclear groups, renewable energy advocates and ...

DPJ's promise to change the system failed

| Dec 1, 2012

DPJ's promise to change the system failed

by Masami Ito

The Democratic Party of Japan rode to power in 2009 and ended decades of Liberal Democratic Party rule by promising to turn politicians into the true decision-makers and end the practice of bureaucrats calling the shots on behalf of ministries instead of the people. ...

| Nov 30, 2012

Lawyers' appeal to halt Dec. 16 election also fails

The Tokyo High Court has rejected a suit filed by lawyers seeking an injunction to halt the Dec. 16 general election on grounds the Supreme Court has ruled the vote weight disparity between constituencies is in “a state of unconstitutionality.” “There are no (applicable) ...

Abe: Let retired SDF warships defend Senkakus

| Nov 30, 2012

Abe: Let retired SDF warships defend Senkakus

Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe proposed Thursday using retired Self-Defense Forces vessels to defend the uninhabited Senkaku Islands. Retired vessels and SDF reserves should be transferred to the Japan Coast Guard to protect the islets, he said in a Tokyo speech. “It will ...

| Nov 30, 2012

Kada's party eyes ¥310,000 per-child yearly benefit

Shiga Gov. Yukiko Kada said Thursday her just-launched political party plans to include annual child benefits worth ¥310,000 per head in its policy pledges for the Dec. 16 House of Representatives election. Kada told reporters in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, that the party, Nippon Mirai ...