Dec 17, 2014

The skewed value of votes

Lawmakers must set aside their partisan interests and act fast to narrow the wide gap in the value of votes between rural and urban constituencies.

Dec 17, 2014

55% do not support Abe's security policies, poll shows

More than half of the respondents to a Kyodo News opinion poll do not support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s handling of security policies, which include allowing the nation to begin aiding allies under armed attack, despite the ruling bloc’s victory in Sunday’s election. The ...

LDP loses heavily in Okinawa

Dec 15, 2014

LDP loses heavily in Okinawa

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party saw all of its four candidates defeated in single-seat constituencies in Okinawa in Sunday’s Lower House election despite overwhelming support for the party elsewhere. The four had supported relocating a U.S. military base within the prefecture, but lost to ...