DPJ reshuffle may not lift party's fortunes

| Sep 18, 2014

DPJ reshuffle may not lift party's fortunes

Although the Democratic Party of Japan has shaken up its leadership, its chances of revival remain uncertain, political observers say. Launching the new team this week, DPJ President Banri Kaieda gave some key roles to individuals who have criticized his performance, in a bid ...

Apr 27, 2014

Politicians running in place


Today, there's not so much political competition in Japan between the ruling and opposition camps as there is among opposition parties seeking to ally themselves with the ruling camp. Have individual lawmakers become less willing to take risks by speaking up?

Feb 16, 2014

Now Kaieda must deliver

The head of the Democratic Party of Japan says the party will fiercely confront the Abe administration, which he called a "raging horse," to push politics aimed at protecting people's lives and jobs.

Jan 24, 2014

Opposition needs unified agenda

There are budding moves to reorganize Japan's fragmented political opposition to create a new force that can stand up to the giant ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party.

| Sep 29, 2013

Unions mull a 'Labor Party'

The Japanese Trade Union Confederation, feeling somewhat estranged from the Democratic Party of Japan, is mulling the idea of realigning opposition parties into a labor party.

Naoto Kan speaks out

| Aug 31, 2013

Naoto Kan speaks out


Naoto Kan took his first steps in the world of politics around 40 years ago as a pugnacious citizen-activist, admonishing those with power as only those without it can. He likes to say he’s the same man now, but of course there’s an irony ...

Jul 3, 2013

DPJ ruins chance at power reform

The multipartisan anti-bullying law enacted by the Diet is no panacea for the nation's schools as it fails to take into account all aspects of the bullying problem.