Jul 23, 2014

Ozawa sees risk of militarism with Abe

by Linda Sieg

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe loosened the limits of the pacifist Constitution to drop a ban on the Self-Defense Forces fighting overseas, many experts said it was a step toward becoming a “normal country” able to do more in its own defense. But Ichiro ...

Iwate hopefuls locked in close race

Jul 18, 2013

Iwate hopefuls locked in close race

Tatsuo Hirano, former minister for disaster reconstruction, faces an uphill battle for re-election as a House of Councilors lawmaker in the fiefdom of former power broker Ichiro Ozawa. Hirano, 59, parted with Ozawa last year when the influential politician bolted from the then-ruling Democratic ...