Aug 26, 2016

LDP exec Nikai has no qualms about female emperor

Toshihiro Nikai, secretary-general of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, on Thursday sounded tolerant of the country having a female Emperor, which is not allowed under the current Imperial House Law. “In the age of female empowerment, it’s strange that the Emperor is an exception, ...

Koizumi questions bid to extend LDP president's term

Aug 25, 2016

Koizumi questions bid to extend LDP president's term

Shinjiro Koizumi, director of the Agriculture and Forestry Division of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, questioned Thursday the mooted extension of the term of office for LDP president. “Honestly, I can’t understand why we have to discuss it now. I wonder if it is ...

Aug 18, 2016

LDP factional races for Abe successor heat up

Most of the factions in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party will hold seasonal gatherings in the coming weeks, with some of their leaders eager to strengthen unity as they look to challenge Shinzo Abe for LDP president and thus prime minister. The faction led ...

Ishiba's Cabinet exit may challenge Abe

| Aug 14, 2016

Ishiba's Cabinet exit may challenge Abe

The latest reshuffle of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s leadership appears to highlight his eagerness to stay in power, as well as the readiness of Shigeru Ishiba, who voluntarily left the Cabinet, to step up his fight to ...