Veteran LDP lawmaker Koichi Kato dies at age 77

Sep 10, 2016

Veteran LDP lawmaker Koichi Kato dies at age 77

Koichi Kato, a retired Liberal Democratic Party politician who was once widely considered as a top prospect to become prime minister, died of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital Friday, sources said. He was 77. Kato, a former secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party, was ...

LDP group to reassess how GDP is compiled

Sep 2, 2016

LDP group to reassess how GDP is compiled

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party will form a group by the end of the month to examine how to best collect and compile economic statistics that are used in key measures including gross domestic product, party lawmaker Yoshimasa Hayashi said. Hayashi, 55, added that ...

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 ...