Jul 23, 2014

Powerful DPJ members call for new leadership vote

Democratic Party of Japan bigwigs, including former Deputy Prime Minister Katsuya Okada, called Tuesday for an early election for the leadership of the opposition party. At a key party meeting, Okada and former Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa said the current leadership team led by ...

Feb 14, 2014

U.S. may get official nod to bring in nukes in emergency

Japan may officially allow the United States to bring nuclear weapons into the country if an emergency threatens national safety, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida hinted Friday. Speaking to a Diet committee, Kishida outlined certain exceptions to Japan’s long-held principles of not possessing, producing or ...

Jul 22, 2013

LDP rookie trounces DPJ vet on Okada's turf

Democratic Party of Japan candidate and incumbent Chiaki Takahashi, 56, lost his seat in Mie’s electoral district to Liberal Democratic Party rookie Yumi Yoshikawa during the Upper House election Sunday. The district is home to former DPJ President Katsuya Okada, who was known as ...